MANILA – Conditioning coach Justin Fortune maintained that Manny Pacquiao’s punching power remains amid claims that the Filipino boxer has been weakened by ageing.
Fortune said that even at the age of 35, Pacquiao can still throw punches with ferocious force.
“Power doesn’t go away or diminish,” he said in an interview with Joaquin Henson of the Philippine Star “He’ll be as strong as before [on April 12].”
Fortune, who replaced Alex Ariza, said punching power is the last thing to go for an aging fighter as proven by old fighters like George Foreman.
“If you notice, older fighters with power are always dangerous because they’ve got a puncher’s chance to win. George Foreman still had his power when he knocked out Michael Moorer and he was 45,” said the conditioning coach.
He said that if Pacquiao comes to the fight in superb shape, then Bradley will find himself in deep trouble.
Fortune is currently overseeing the fighting congressman’s conditioning regimen at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles.
“Manny’s in great shape. Against Bradley, Manny will be strong and quick. No problem with cramp issues, those will be addressed. He’ll be in the best shape of his life,” he said.
“I read that Bradley wants the old Pacquiao back. Well, I think Manny will give him what he wants.”