MANILA, Philippines – Boxing trainer Freddie Roach liked what he saw during Manny Pacquiao’s sparring sessions last Thursday.
Roach told Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz that the Filipino fighter is already showing flashes of his old deadly form against training partners Ruslan Provodnikov and Rustam Nugayev.
“(Pacquiao) is looking good in spots here and there,” said the 52-year-old boxing coach.
The 8-division champion so far sparred for four days for a total of 20 rounds.
Pacquiao will get more rounds when they reach Los Angeles on Saturday, where two more sparring partners are waiting for him.
The Filipino fighter’s killer instinct is likely to get “ignited” when he gets pitted against tougher training partners, said Roach.
“We need to get a little more fire,” said the boxing trainer.
When asked about his killer instinct, Pacquiao replied: “The fire will return at the right time.”
Roach said Pacquiao’s sparring partners in Los Angeles are tough boxers, who are willing to mix it up with the Filipino champion.
“The sparring partners are both tough, mean kids. They are not going to touch gloves with him and they are going to force Manny to fight,” he said.
The fighting congressman has already concluded his Baguio camp.
He is spending two days in Manila before flying to Los Angeles.
Pacquiao is set to defend his WBO welterweight belt against Timothy Bradley on June 9.