MANILA, Philippines – Eight division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao said the pressure for him to win every fight feels like a heavy burden on his shoulder.
“May pressure, oo. ‘Yung mga tao kasi, pag lumalaban ako, [expected na] panalo lagi si Manny Pacquiao,” said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo and boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz.
Pacquiao, the representative of the lone district of Sarangani province, has compiled 13 consecutive boxing victories in the past 5 years.
The last time he lost was in 2005, when he was outpointed by Mexican boxer Erik Morales.
Pacquiao said this is the reason why he trains hard. He said he wants to make sure he gives his fans a solid performance each time he climbs the ring.
He said his preparation against “Sugar” Shane Mosley will be no different.
“I have to train at least 8 weeks for this fight,” said the boxer-lawmaker, who will face the 39-year-old Mosley on May 7.
Pacquiao, who turned 32 last December, said he refuses to underestimate the older Mosley, a former world champion who held multiple titles in 3 weight classes.
“Ayaw kong kong ilagay sa isipan ‘yun (Mosley’s age), baka maging overconfident ako sa training, kelangan naka-focus tayo,” he said.
Pacquiao plans to train for a month in Baguio City before flying to the US for another month of preparations for the fight.
He said the American boxer remains a threat because of his vast experience.
“Matagal siya sa amateur then nag-Olympics siya. Ang experience niya sa boxing hindi ganun-ganun lang,” added Pacquiao.
Pacquiao will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title when he fights Mosley.