Pacquiao feels like he’s 25 again


HOLLYWOOD—The glow on his face, the spring in his legs, and the sting of his punches are back—tell-tale signs that Manny Pacquiao is feeling young once again.

“I’m still thinking I’m 25, 26 years old,” declared a smiling Pacquiao, who’s actually 33, before a throng of media at the Wild Card Gym here Wednesday afternoon (Thursday in Manila) to watch him work out with trainer Freddie Roach.

Beneath Pacquiao’s relax appearance, however, is a fighter determined to woo back doubters unimpressed with his close majority decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez last November.

“It (an impressive victory) is really important because, of course, everybody knows my last fight was very close,” said Pacquiao, who slowly circled the ring to answer questions in Filipino, English and Spanish.

“With God’s grace and strength I will win the fight (against Timothy Bradley on June 9),” said Pacquiao, who refused to predict a knockout. “It’s God’s will (if it comes).”

Roach, however, believes a knockout is looming when Pacquiao defends his WBO welterweight crown against Bradley.

“Somewhere along the way the knockout will come,” said Roach, who belittled Bradley’s prediction of a knockout victory.

“He’s never been a puncher and he’ll never be one,” Roach said. “Punchers are born not made.”

“He (Bradley) is so slow and Manny is so fast, it’s going to be like night and day,” added Roach.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum also revealed that ticket sales for the bout are “really rolling” and are “going through the roof.”

The 80-year-old Arum, already  in boxing’s Hall of Fame, said out of 16,000 tickets only 1,500  are left.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.


    Manny Pacquiao’s real conversion into a life-changing relationship with the only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will improve his performance in boxing as distractions in training are now eliminated in his life.

  • Philcor

    yeah, feeling 25 again pakyaw? ready to line up the girls again pakyaw?

  • billy31

    out of 16,000 tickets only 1,500  are left……..

    i thought due to manny’s remarks about gay marriage, tickets sales will be affected.
    a lot of gays will still be there no matter what as they watch handsome spectators, not the boxing match.

  • Boying

    Laos ka na. Mag born again ka na lang doy!

  • gyvv

    More or less, it would be fun to expect that Pac will pull of a sudden Hatton-like stoppage against Bradley. If Pac is doing his Ninja move in spar session, Floyd is doing his Ninja-avoid-the-soap-drop move while languishing in jail… best of luck as always MP! Make the Filipinos, local and abroad,  proud!

  • Ramon Antolin

    Hope Pacquaio can revive his old style of relentless punching as in Barrera I! I miss that Old Manny Pacquiao! Show us again Manny! KO Bradley or at least beat him up so that no one will again question your abilities!

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94