Why Pacquiao’s trainer doesn’t worry about the champ getting in shape


Posted at Jun 07 2020 12:24 AM

Conditioning coach Justine Fortune said he believes Manny Pacquiao will have no problem getting back in competitive shape once he gets the call to fight again.

“He can’t stay still, he’ll do something to keep fit, like what he’s doing in lockdown," Fortune said in an article posted on PhilBoxing.com.

“I know he’s working out every day, banging the heavy bag, skipping rope, running on the treadmill, doing drills.”

Although there’s no fight date yet, Top Rank Inc.’s Bob Arum said he is working out a match between Pacquiao and WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford in Bahrain.

There are also rumors of Pacquiao’s camp trying to set a match against 4-division champion Mikey Garcia.

Fortune said he’d recommend two weeks of additional conditioning work for Pacquiao if he decides to fight later this year. 

“If he comes back to fight in November, maybe we’ll do a little longer camp because he hasn’t fought since July last year. Just a little adjustment, maybe an extra week or two,” he said.

Fortune added that he hopes the world quickly recovers from the effects of COVID-19.

The pandemic has badly hit boxing that it will have to be staged without the benefit of a live crowd.

“The audience inspires you to get up when you’re down, to dig deep when you need to,” Fortune said.

“It’s because of the audience that fighters go out there raring to fight. I’ve seen many fighters on the brink of getting knocked out, coming back because the fans are cheering them on. 

“It’ll be a different atmosphere without an audience.”

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