Pacquiao ‘strong, faster’ for tiff


Manny Pacquiao trains on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles. Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Timothy Bradley on April 12 in a WBO welterweight title bout. AP

LAS VEGAS—For Justin Fortune, Manny Pacquiao isn’t damaged goods at 35 years old. In fact, the Filipino boxing superstar is fresher than the younger Bradley, who is 30, Fortune adds.

“Remember, Pacquiao has never been punished in the ring,” said the Australian assistant of the famous Freddie Roach who returned to the Pacquiao camp to serve as the Fighter of the Decade’s strength and conditioning coach.

In contrast, Bradley took a beating against Ruslan Provodnikov, though he won the decision, in their Fight of the Year showdown for Bradley’s title last year.

Fortune, a former heavyweight fighter who runs his own gym in Hollywood, was invited by head mentor Freddie Roach to add a new dimension to Pacquiao’s training regimen.

And Fortune did not disappoint as Pacquiao expressed satisfaction with his current form.

According to Fortune, Pacquiao hasn’t slowed down and has learned a lot since their partnership as trainer-pupil started in 2003 and temporarily ended in 2007.

“Strong and fast,” that’s a deadly combination, Fortune said of Pacquiao.

“Speed, that is what gets people,” he added, citing Pacquiao’s 12-round demolition of Brandon Rios last November in Macau as example.

As in their previous training sessions at Top Rank Gym, the atmosphere was light and jolly.

Though Pacquiao gave Roach a demonstration of what he intends to do with Bradley—unloading combinations that aim to hurt and destroy—he was playful at times.

Pacquiao made moves reminiscent of martial arts legend Bruce Lee complete with guttural sounds.

Missing basketball, Pacquiao also dribbled and unleashed jump shots, without the ball, of course.

After Roach declared when the training camp closed, Pacquiao invited former victim Miguel Cotto, Provodnikov, Ray Beltran and two-time Olympic champion Zhou Shiming for a photo shoot with Roach.

It was a star-studded cast with Pacquiao the brightest of them all.

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  • titolim

    Hindi nyo alam na part na si singson sa training ni manny, tingnan nyo ang mukha palaging namamaga.

  • Noel

    I hate always seeing that crook Singson with Manny everywhere the latter goes.

    • iriga1_city1_boy1

      To Noel,
      I’m glad you mentioned that name!!
      Well let me ask the 100 million Filipinos.
      What in the world is the job of Mr.Chavit Singson in Pacquiao’s entourage?
      Adviser?Security?Assistant on some matters?Guru?Hanger ON?
      Ano kaya? Kasi laging kasama sa mga “photo ops”.
      Been wondering about that!!

      • Nelson2012

        I considered singson as true friend to MP – matalo or manalo man – Mayamang tao si Singson pero hindi siya nahihiya kung ano man ang tawagin sa kanya – im not a pro MP & singson fan pero karamihan ng pinoy ok lang kung sikat kapa pero pag wala kana ay iiwan ka sa ire.

      • iriga1_city1_boy1

        To Nelson2012,
        Okay,Pare. Therefore,”True Friend”.
        Any more info from the remaining people of the Philippines?
        Some others should know.

      • Nagagalitna

        I dont think yon ang dahilan Pare…kumikita si Chavit sa laban ni Pacman…kun napansin mo ang sama ng tingin nya kay Bradley noong matalo si PAcman kasi ang lagi ng pusta nya doon eh…hehehe

      • Nelson2012

        Kung matalo siya wala tayung paki — pira nila yan- bakit tayo nakikialam sa iba
        Sent from my HTC

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      • Nagagalitna

        Ang work ni singson ay pupusta sa kay Manny kaya noong matalo si Manny ang sama ng tingin kay Bradley…hehehe

      • iriga1_city1_boy1

        To Nagagalitna,
        So you caught that part? Ang sama ng tingin?
        Holy Guacamoli,Pare!!! Let me catch my breath! LOL

    • arefes

      epal to the max talaga si chavit lagi nakasungaw ang mukha sa camera ..

      • sanjuan683

        Ano ka? Bida yan di mo ba alam.

    • gil castillo

      He is the other DOG of Manny .

    • sanjuan683

      Just close your eyes if you see Singson….. I’m happy to see Singson always and forever.

    • Nelson2012

      Singson friendship is with MP has no boundary kahit matalo/manalo – , hindi kagaya ng ibang pinoy na iniwan kaagad ng matalo si MP as you are fully aware – Kung titingan mo na isang mayaman at power full politicians ay nasa likod lang ng isang boxer ay degrading diba – pero si singson hindi ikinahihiya ang pagsama – kung siya ay mumupusta kay MP, sa kanya pira yan at hindi sa atin. – ay considered Singson as promdi kaya ang pagiging kaibigan ay importanti sa kanila – at hindi kagaya ng mga heaters na babaliktad kaagad pag ang kaibigan ay wala na or natalo -

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