MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao’s trainers reported that the Filipino boxer is already in great physical shape even though he is just two weeks into his training camp for his April 12 welterweight showdown against American Timothy Bradley Jr.
Pacquiao started sparring Tuesday against American prospect Lydell Rhodes, and assistant trainer and good friend Buboy Fernandez said the “Pacman” already looked impressive.
“Na-impress sa ipinakita n gating Fighting Congressman sa first day ng sparring. Doon mo kasi masusukat kung nasaan na ‘yung stamina niya, nasaan na ‘yung percentage niya,” said Fernandez.
Fernandez was asked by chief trainer Freddie Roach if Pacquiao was ready to start sparring, and he suggested that Pacquiao can go for three or four rounds.
“Siyempre buong Team Pacquiao na-impress sa ipinakita ng ating Pambansang Kamao,” he said, adding that Rhodes was clearly hurt by Pacquiao.
“Sa stamina, hindi na kami nagwo-worry,” added Fernandez. “Iniingatan na lang natin na manatili ‘yung kundisyon na.”
Roach said Pacquiao’s conditioning was already “very good,” although he added that “we’re not quite there yet.”
“We’re just in the first week of training camp. But conditioning is something that we don’t have to worry about too much,” Roach said.
“(Pacquiao) is the hardest working fighter in the world, and by fight time, he will be a hundred percent,” he added.
Sparring partner Rhodes backed up the words of Fernandez and Roach.
“It was great. Manny’s very good, he’s very skilled, very fast, very strong,” said the 26-year-old prospect. “He is in shape. He threw a lot of punches.” -- From a report by Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN.