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Pacquiao in top shape - Roach

  • Written by Eddie Alinea
  • Published in Boxing
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BOXING legend  Many Pacquiao is now winding up his preparations with still three weeks  before   his  much-awaited comeback fight  against  World  Boxing Organization  (WBO) welterweight  titleholder Jessie Vargas.

Pacquiao’s  trainer,  Freddie Roach  said his prized pupil comoketed  the   week  with   the heaviest load in his training program  --  12  rounds of sparring with a pair  of training mates and another  12 rounds of doing the mitts  with his decorated chief corner man.

The coming six days  will end  the eight-division champ’s six-week  camp in Manila   after which  Team Pacquiao   moves to Los  Angeles in   California for another week of    applying the finishing touches at Roach's Wild Card Gym  before motoring to   Las Vegas in Nevada where the    ring icon will try to recapture the 147-pound crown in a 12-round showdown on Nov. 5 (Nov. 6 in Manila).
“Everything  is  set. I think we  now   have to  slow down a little  this  week to give Manny   the needed  break,” Roach told   People’s Tonight in an interview.
“Manny went 12 rounds of sparring today, six against Joe (Mexican-American Jose Ramirez) and four  against a local boy and he ended up still wanting for more.”
The seven-time 'Trainer of the Year was referring to former World  Boxing Council  and Eurasian Youth welterweight belt-owner  Sonny Kabandagho, a substitute  sparring partner, who filled in  for  regular mate Leopoldo Doronio.
Not that Manny’s already reached  his peak, but  we're heading to that. He'll be there, Roach assured. 
“We still have three sparring sessions next week and several rounds more with the mitts which we believe are enough before going through the fine-tuning phase of the camp two weeks from now in L.A.”
“Starting Monday,  we'll be looking for things that   we missed and filling in the void,” Roach explained. “We’ ll  try to improve a little bit here and a little bit there to be sure  that we cover all bases down the stretch of our preparation.”
Strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune echoed Roach’s evaluation, saying that everything, including several minor glitches,  has been addressed rather quickly.
|There was this mild cold (not flu as several media outfits reported) that struck Manny,” Fortune recalled.  “Then the old leg cramps that   suddenly recurred plus his  responsibilities as senator, which at a certain point somewhat  intervened in his training regimen.”
“But thanks to Manny’s superb physical condition, we survived all that. Truth is, under normal circumstances, this final three weeks would've been the toughest and the most crucial. But as we've been saying this camp has been going on smoothly, we don't need  to go into that,” Fortune said.
Members of the training team -- assistant  trainers Buboy Fernandez, Nonoy Neri and Roger   Fernandez -- agreed  with Roach  and  Fortune’s projections.
“Ako, sa tingin ko nasa peak na si Manny two weeks ago pa. Kaya nga  na-survive  niya lahat ng distraksyon na dumating habang nag-e-ensayo. Pero  agree din ako that there's still  room for improvement para  maka-siguro,” said Fernandez.