Conditioning trainer Justine Fortune is happy to be back with Team Pacquiao, some seven years after he left the team of the Filipino boxer.
Fortune is replacing the man who replaced him, Alex Ariza, as the strength and conditioning trainer of Manny Pacquiao ahead of the Filipino’s rematch with Timothy Bradley Jr. in April.
Speaking to Boxing Scene, Fortune said he is expecting positive results from his reunion not only with Pacquiao, but also Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach.
“It’s good to be back with Manny and Freddie, my friends and my mates,” said Fortune. “When me, Manny and Freddie work together, we’re winning.”
Fortune is confident he can help Pacquiao regain the vintage form that made him the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, even though at 35, it is clear that the Filipino is on the downswing of his legendary career.
“We’re going to give Manny his strength and speed back,” Fortune said. “His conditioning will come, and we’ll continuously change things up, because he’s 35 and training gets boring.”
“Bradley wants the old Manny, so we’re going to give him the old Manny,” he added.
Fortune had a falling out with Roach in 2007 and was subsequently replaced by Ariza, who had a very successful partnership with Pacquiao. That partnership fell apart in the past year, however, and Ariza was fired by Roach, paving the way for Fortune’s return.