MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum expressed some concern about Filipino ring icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao after observing that the boxer looked "rusty" in his first day of sparring at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles.
Pacquiao is currently training at the fabled gym under the supervision of his trainer, Freddie Roach, as he prepares for his fourth bout against rival Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8 in Las Vegas.
The Filipino boxer arrived in Los Angeles only this week after starting his training camp in General Santos City.
"He's in great spirits, his conditioning is good, but he showed a great deal of rust in his first sparring session," Arum said of Pacquiao in an interview with Examiner.
"Not slow, just rusty," he added.
But Arum said he got some assurance from Roach.
"Freddie says that happens all the time with him, when he first starts sparring," said Arum, adding that he plans to observe Pacquiao in his second day of training camp.
According to a PhilBoxing report, Arum is not far off in his observation.
"The speed and timing is not all there yet," wrote Ed dela Vega, "But the power was evident."
"In fact, Pacquiao seem to be holding off knowing that it's just day one of sparring," he added.
Pacquiao will train at the Wild Card Gym for six weeks.