MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and his trainer, Freddie Roach, are happy with the progress he is making as he continues training at the Wild Card Gym for his December 8 battle against rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
“Maganda na ang ikinikilos ko ngayon after a week at Wild Card,” Pacquiao said in a PhilBoxing interview. “Freddie and myself as well as other members of my team are happy with the progress of the camp.”
Pacquiao has reportedly been flashing his vintage form in training camp, even forcing Roach to quit after 13 rounds on the mitts last November 5.
“I did 13 rounds on the mitts with Freddie Roach today. I wanted to do more but he said I wore him out! Fun day at the Wild Card,” Pacquiao tweeted.
Pacquiao said he is determined to regain the form that made him the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world in order to finally gain a decisive victory over Marquez.
“As we’ve been saying, ibang-iba na ang magiging takbo ng laban ngayon compared to our three previous fights because I will be going for a more convincing result, like a knockout, ” said Pacquiao.
“Si Marquez, ganoon din, gusto rin niya ako patulugin,” he added. “So I believe our fourth fight will be a good one, which boxing fans will appreciate.”
“Basta ako, pinaghahandaan ko ang labang ito. At si Marquez naman, kung totoo ang balita, ay ganoon din.”
Pacquiao is set to start doing plyometrics and isometrics exercises soon, according to assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez. The exercises will serve to strengthen his body and legs.
“Binibigyan din namin ng additional exercise to increase his speed in both feet and hands,” he said.