Pacquiao raring to start training camp
Manny Pacquiuao won’t wait until the usual eight weeks before his April 9 rubber match with Tim Bradley to kick off his training camp.
Mike Koncz, the Canadian adviser of Pacquiao, had a heart-to-heart talk with the 37-year-old Filipino icon and he sensed that “the fire is still burning inside him.”
“He told me that when he gets back from the press tour, he will begin training and I think that he will be going to the gym before the end of this month,” said Koncz, who is set to join Pacquiao during a whirlwind promotional tour in the US this week.
Pacquiao, whose last fight was against Floyd Mayweather last year, is set to depart on Philippine Airlines flight PR 102 at 9 p.m. tonight.
First on the tight schedule is a kickoff press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Wednesday in the Philippines).
Pacquiao will spend another night in Los Angeles before he takes a five-hour flight aboard Virgin America to New York City on Wednesday afternoon.
Pacquiao and his party are expected to land at JFK International shortly before midnight, just in time for a presser at 12 noon of Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
As soon as Pacquiao fulfills his promotional obligations, he will immediately head back to Manila to set the stage for his buildup for the scheduled 12-round battle with Bradley which takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Koncz said that he is in process of finalizing the cast of sparring partners as Pacquiao intends to spend at least the first half of training in General Santos City but assuring that his boss won’t commit the mistake of flying to the US with a couple of weeks to go before the fight.
“No, Manny knows that he has to recover from jet lag and adapt to the new conditions so he won’t do that,” assured Koncz.
The full details of the training camp will be discussed during the press tour as Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is also attending the twin functions.