MANILA, Philippines – Boxing coach Freddie Roach is pleased to see his prized pupil Manny Pacquiao in very good shape as the latter starts his camp in the US.
The Filipino boxing superstar is now training behind closed doors at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California where he’ll spend the remaining part of his camp for the Juan Manuel Marquez fight.
“[Roach] is very happy at the condition Manny showed up in and he’ll spar six rounds on Tuesday,” Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz told veteran ring commentator Ronnie Nathanielsz.
In his first training session at the Wild Card, Pacquiao worked on his conditioning exercises.
Koncz said the Filipino boxer also went the full route on the mitts with Roach.
On Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) Pacquiao is likely to begin his sparring sessions against Mexican counterpuncher Ray Beltran and Russian junior welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov.
Boxing promoter Bob Arum will also be visiting the Wild Card Gym to check out Pacquiao’s progress.
Arum earlier voiced concern over Pacquiao’s decision to delay his US training.
But after reading reports about the Filipino’s training in General Santos City, the promoter seemed to have calmed down.
“All the reports that I’m getting are very good but I will see for myself tomorrow when I watch him train at the Wild Card Gym,” he said.
The Wild Card Gym was enforcing strict security to make sure that Pacquiao won’t be bothered while undergoing training, reported Nathanielsz.
“Even telephone interviews with Roach on how the training went were not allowed because of the reported numerous requests for interviews which now have to be coursed through publicist Fred Sternburg,” said Nathanielsz.