MANILA, Philippines – Gerry Peñalosa has become a Manny Pacquiao believer again.
Peñalosa, former two-time world champion, earlier hinted that Pacquiao may have lost his hunger after the Pinoy superstar decided to postpone his US training.
But Peñalosa changed his mind after witnessing Pacquiao’s training regimen in General Santos City.
“Iba 'yung mga ipinakita n’ya ngayon, masipag eh… Malayo pa [ang laban] pinapatay na n'ya ang sarili n'ya sa gym,” said the pride of San Carlos, Negros Occidental in PTV Sports.
(He’s showing something else in training, he’s hard working… the fight is still months away, but he’s already killing himself at the gym).
He said his “kumpadre” has been showing perseverance ahead of his fourth clash against Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.
“Ngayon, nakita ko na siya mismo ang nagpupursige eh. Maagang gumising, siya pa'ng nauunang magbihis,” said Peñalosa.
(I see him being diligent nowadays. He rises early for his stamina work, and is the quickest to change to his workout clothes).
The retired boxer is currently in General Santos City to oversee the training of his nephew Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr. and Michael Farenas, who are both fighting in the undercard of Pacquiao-Marquez.
Peñalosa earlier said Pacquiao may have lost his hunger, especially after the fighting congressman extended his camp in the Philippines.
Promoter Bob Arum expected Pacquiao to spend the entire duration of his training in the US to avoid distractions. But the Filipino boxer decided to postpone his trip to Los Angeles to attend to pressing matters.
"His ambitions may be in politics now, but as far as boxing, I don't think he still has it anymore," Peñalosa was quoted as saying in Examiner at the time.