Pacquiao’s Coach Says He’s In Top Form
With less than a week until fight night, Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune, believes Pacquiao is in top form for his fight against Lucas Matthysse.
Pacquiao returns to the ring for the first time in a year, to attempt to become the WBA “regular” welterweight champion at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.
“Those phase of the training program will give Manny a clear mind and strong body designed to help him fight a good fight and give boxing fans the fight they like,” Fortune told The Manila Times.
“We all know Manny. When he fights, he always think of the fans, how to make them enjoy and happy.
Fortune looked to avoid Pacquiao from overtraining, as at 39, they wanted to ensure that the fighter would be well rested.
“We in the training team, Buboy (chief trainer Buboy Fernandez), Nonoy (Neri) and Haplas (Roger Fernandez), have given him enough resting time the past two weeks in the camp. We even cancelled few training sessions for him to get ready to endure this last portion of the program,” Fortune said.
“In the same manner that we didn’t consent to his requests for additional rounds in sparring and other gym activities, which he is prone to do, precisely make those watching him train enjoy.
“ We will be doing practically nothing a week before the fight except a few light workouts from Monday to Wednesday. We’ll be reviewing our game plan and amending them instead, if needed.”
Initial Report: Manilla Times