Manny Pacquiao: Has Pac-Man gotten old over night?
With about four weeks remaining until his highly anticipated showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr., eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao is looking to shed any unnecessary distractions from his daily training regimen from now until the week of the May 2 super fight.
“You have to focus without interruption after your activities of jogging, training, etc…I don’t want to focus on anything other than boxing,” the Pacman candidly stated in recent interview with Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.
“I’m not complaining about interviews, because they help us promote the fight and help people know what’s happening in the camps.
“This is just the first time I’m asking for time to focus. There’s something I need to achieve in this camp, especially mentally.”
According to various members of the boxing fraternity present at the Wildcard Gym, Manny’s footwork, timing, rhythm, and reflexes need much work during the final stretch of this crucial training period.
Head trainer Freddie Roach agrees with his super star fighter that too much media attention could be a contributing factor.
“Since the press conference on March 11, we’ve done so many interviews with the media,” stated the Hall of Fame trainer. “Manny’s a little tired of it. I told him I would pick up the slack if needed. I can be tired. He can’t.”
Coach Freddie also recognizes many improvements must be made if his man hopes to find success against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2.
According to a report from a boxing expert who shall remain nameless, Manny is getting hit too frequently while sparring and is having trouble cutting off the ring effectively as well.
The Filipino icon is also having difficulty using lateral movement to neutralize his adversary’s jab in the ring.
Throughout his entire career, Manny’s mental state leading into any big event has seemingly been just as important as his physical condition. Perhaps limiting his interaction with the often intrusive media will improve his performances in the gym.
Although strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune denied rumors earlier in this week that leg cramps would be a serious issue throughout this camp, it would be unwise to rule out Manny’s ongoing calf and leg problems as a causative factor to his limited mobility displayed during recent sparring sessions.
While camp has been admittedly difficult up to this point, Manny Pacquiao is hopeful thateverything will “come together” before heading to Vegas a week before the May 2 event.
“I’m coming to the ring to win the fight and bring honor to my country,” claims the proud Filipino Congressman.
“I will fight for the Filipino people. Everyone knows how important this fight is, and for me it’s really, really, important because it’s a once in a lifetime fight. It’s a big responsibility for me to win. My plan is to focus on the fight.”
Will less interaction with the press sharpen Pacquiao’s focus before the May 2 super fight? An entire legion of Pac-Mann supporters around the world are hopeful it will.