MANILA, Philippines – Rumors of Manny Pacquiao catching the flu has been circulating with just over a week away from the Filipino champion’s title defense against Timothy Bradley.
Pacquiao is scheduled to fight an unbeaten and younger fighter in Bradley on June 9 and there are concerns that his illness would cost him his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown.
His handlers, however, were quick to deny the rumor.
“[Pacquiao is] right on schedule and training camp is going very well,” Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser, told Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanieslz.
He stressed that the eight-division champion is in good health, pointing out that the Filipino even sparred 12 rounds on Saturday with three different sparring partners.
Conditioning coach Alex Ariza echoed Koncz’s statement.
Ariza said the Filipino boxer actually looked good in sparring.
He added that the cramps that bother Pacquiao in the past fights were also gone.
Ariza said the fighting congressman will start cutting off the excess weight as they approach the fight date.
“Its time to close it out,” he said.