MANILA, Philippines – Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza is once again building up a denser and a more muscular Manny Pacquiao who can withstand the punches of a bigger Shane Mosley.
Ariza, who engineered Pacquiao’s successful climb to several weight classes, said the Filipino champion will need to buff up to enhance his durability in time for his May 7 title defense against Mosley.
“It helps him absorb, I would say, in the event that it comes to one of those situations where you have to withstand harder, bigger shots,” Ariza told FightHype.com’s Ben Thompson.
Ariza added they wanted Pacquiao to achieve the same conditioning that he had when he fought Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto in 2009.
“[The] Cotto [fight], for me, has always been the blueprint. We made Manny so densely strong and muscular that no matter what Cotto hit him with, it just wasn't having the effect that I think everybody thought it was gonna have,” said the conditioning coach.
Pacquiao’s size will be an important factor when he defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt against the 39-year-old Mosley, who is naturally built as a welterweight.
Aside from having knockout power, the Mosley is arguably the fastest among the bigger boxers Pacquiao ever faced.
Which is why Ariza said that Pacquiao’s bulk up won’t be done at the expense of his speed.
“It's a double-edge sword…you can't be fast and have tremendous power and you can't have tremendous power and still be fast. You gotta watch closely and when you see you're starting to lose a step, you know, make those adjustments, get right back to where you were, and then start going forward,” he said.