MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao was a picture of disbelief when he was asked to comment about Timothy Bradley's strange ritual of avoiding a shower the week leading to a fight.
The Filipino boxer knitted his brows and rolled his eyes sideways, apparently thinking if the reporter was asking him the right question.
“Grabe naman ‘yun... sobra,” was Pacquiao’s initial reaction.
The Sarangani congressman then came up with a safe answer even as he stressed the importance of proper hygiene.
“No comment ako dyan... kelangan maligo para hindi ka mabaho,” he said while smiling.
In an interview with ABS-CBN North America Bureau’s Bev Llorente, Bradley revealed that he has consistently avoided bathing during the week leading to a fight.
“I don't know why... that's one thing I don't do. The week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, I don't take a shower. Saturday, that's when I take a shower for the first time,” he said while taking a break from training.
Pacquiao and Bradley are scheduled to face off for the second time on April 12. At stake in the rematch will be Bradley’s WBO welterweight crown.
Pacquiao’s assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez said the Filipino boxer looked impressive during Tuesday’s training.
He said Pacquiao did 15 full rounds of punch mitts, which is a tiring routine for boxers.
“[‘Yung] punch mitts kumbaga pinakamahirap sa lahat ng gagawin yun eh, nasorpresa kami kasi umabot kami ng 15 rounds… pinakamahirap sa lahat ng gagawin ng boksingero ‘yung susuntok sa punch mitts kasi puro power punches tapos yung ipinakita kanina iba naman,” said Pacquiao’s close friend.
“’Yung improvement na ipinakita niya kanina sa punch mitts masasabi natin na nasa 80-90 percent [conditioning] tayo ngayon. So ang sa atin, imaintain na lang natin ang conditioning,” he added. -- From a report by Francis Canlas, ABS-CBN Gensan