Pacquiao perfecting a surprise package?
Before taking the evening flight to Los Angeles on Saturday, Manny Pacquiao did a four-mile jog in the morning then sparred for eight rounds later, veteran sports scribe Eddie Alinea reported.
In California, his camp said there would be no holiday break for Pacquiao. It will be work, work, work all the way to the Jan. 19 defense of his WBA welterweight crown in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao readily re-linked with Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the famed Wild Card Boxing gym in Hollywood.
Pacquiao was also photographed doing a morning run around the Griffith Park.
To top it all, he did gym work with his son on Christmas Eve.
Naturally, there were those who started to suspect Pacquiao could be cramming, rushing to hit peak form.
Truth is there’s neither rust nor evident rush, only renewed intensity.
One reason behind this could be the fact that Pacquiao will be fighting a younger, talented and very hungry challenger in Adrien Broner, 29, listed as a four-division world champ who has never suffered a stoppage.
But if the fight were held tomorrow, Broner would be at a terrible disadvantage. Unlike Pacquiao, he was still terribly over the limit as bared in the latest video from his training camp in Florida.
During his last birthday celebration, Pacquiao, 40, declared he has been feeling young and vigorous as 25.
He also vowed to show against Broner the unseen best in his arsenal.
He did not mention specifics, although there were strict orders during earlier training at the Elorde Gym for guests and media to refrain from recording the proceedings.
The order, it would be noted, came at a point when his handlers were working to perfect sharp, snappy blows clearly intended for the opponent’s body.
Meanwhile, Broner’s chief handler, Kevin Cunningham, said they plan to jam Pacquiao’s fighting rhythm and zero in on his predictable adjustments.
It goes without saying that Pacquiao, with that declaration from the opposing camp, can only be expected to come up with a full-proof weaponry, something like a bag of explosives, killer blasts to the body.
These new killer blows could only be expected to flash and dig like phantom daggers, thrown from incredible points and angles.
Broner better be ready with iron-clad defense of his body.
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