THE HARD GRIND FOR PACQUIAO BEGINS
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Tue, 11 Mar 2014
After two weeks of training at his Pacman Wild Card Gym in his hometown of General Santos City, “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao begins the hard grind at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, today (Monday in the US).
Roach who was pleased with Pacquiao’s condition when he spent two weeks with him in GenSan indicated that “the real business begins on Monday at Wild Card” pointing out that he had lined up some “great sparring waiting for Manny.”
Among those Roach has picked are former world junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt, former lightweight champion Steve Forbes and Speedy Gonzales.
Roach told the Manila Standard that Holt, who lost his title to reigning welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley despite dropping Bradley once in the opening round and once in the last round, “likes to sometimes engage and will give us the power.”
Speedy Gonzales, as his name implies will be there to hone Pacquiao’s already potent hand-speed while Forbes will provide Manny “the best look as a boxer besides being an intelligent fighter.”
Roach made it clear that Pacquiao “wants that title back and if Bradley thinks he’s going to see the same compassionate Manny he saw the first time they fought, he is in for a very big surprise.”
Pacquiao told us he is focused on the task ahead and is “determined to bring back the aggressiveness and perfect my timing, speed and movement.”
With a month to go before his eagerly awaited rematch with Bradley, Pacquiao said “what I am trying to do this time around is to bring back the young Manny Pacquiao to prove that I am still young, an elite fighter and my time is not done yet.”
Photo: Pacquiao (C) runs at the Griffith Park in Los Angeles Monday morning, Mar. 10. Photo by Jhay Otamias.
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