Boxing: Pacquiao arrives in LA for camp

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2019 11:22 AM

In this file photo taken late on June 6, 2019 shows Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao (L) training at a gym in Manila, ahead of his World Boxing Association title bout next month against Keith Thurman in Las Vegas. Noel Celis, AFP

Filipino ring icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao has arrived in Los Angeles, where he will continue training for his showdown with Keith Thurman.

Pacquiao arrived Saturday evening (Sunday morning in Manila) along with his entourage headed by trainer Buboy Fernandez.

"Mas maganda kasi na mas maaga pa lang dumating dito, para ma-acclimatize," Fernandez explained when asked about their early arrival.

Fernandez believes Pacquiao is now 80 percent ready for his bout against the unbeaten Thurman, as the "Pacman" already sparred eight rounds before leaving for Los Angeles.

"It's good news, and I see already the motivation and determination of the senator for this fight," said Fernandez.

Pacquiao (61-7-2) faces Thurman (29-0, 1 NC) on July 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Thurman holds the "super" version of the WBA welterweight championship belt.

For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.