LOS ANGELES – After battling a slight cold and jet lag during his first week of US training camp, the pound-for-pound king is almost ready for his May 7 showdown against "Sugar" Shane Mosley.
Mosley has predicted that he will knock out Manny Pacquiao in 7 rounds. Pacquiao said he can't wait to see what Mosley has in store for him, and that he himself has been hard at work.
“Ok naman yung training natin na pahaba at pahaba yung round sa sparring by next week talaga heavy sparring na. Mag ispar ako apat na boxingero then heavy training talaga next week,” said Pacquiao.
Missing from camp this week is coach Freddie Roach, who is training Amir Kahn in Europe.
Buboy Fernandez has been left to run the camp this week.
“Andoon pa rin ang training natin, continue pa rin so ngayon, nasa 90% tayo sa condition natin,” said Fernandez.
With the springtime sun out longer, the Pacman has been starting training camp later in the day.
As training camp runs into regular gym hours, Pacquiao has been training alongside some of the Wild Card regulars. His only request: silence during his nightly prayer.
He even sticks around to give a few tips to the younger fighters.
“He said ‘Come here’. I’m off training and he started training me,” said 9-year-old boxer, Angel Michael Perez.
“Natutuwa naman ako yung bata na mahilig talaga sa boxing. Share natin ang konting alam natin sa boxing,” said Pacquiao.
After practice, he's been visiting his store, relaxing on a tattoo chair as he meets with the fans who've been camping out at the Wild Card gym.
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