Manny Pacquiao is peaking at the right time, insists RoachWritten by Joseph Herron
Eight division world champion and Philippines Senator Manny Pacquiao is back in the United States to make the final preparations for his latest challenge against current WBO Welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas.
The future Hall of Famer arrived this past weekend in Los Angeles, California to complete the final two weeks of training at coach Freddie Roach's Wildcard Gym.
Although the Filipino fight legend will turn 38 years old in December, and is currently juggling Senatorial duties with the rigors of intense training, the seven-time trainer of the year is amazed at how energetic his superstar has appeared in camp.
"I like what I see," Roach recently told TRBoxing in the Philippines.
"I told him, this is how you win big, big fights...like the old Manny Pacquiao. I don't know what did this, but he looks terrific right now. His bounce, his distance, his speed, his power...I said to keep that going, just like that, and don't let anyone change your mindset. His mindset is perfect right now."
The heralded boxing coach understands how hard Manny can realistically push himself at age 37, and knows when his fighter should be "peaking" while preparing for a big event. Remarkably, Freddie has been genuinely surprised at the progress he's seen while preparing for Jessie Vargas.
“I have been training Manny for 15 years and even after all this time he still amazes me," Roach said to TRBoxing.
“He's pushing 38 and he still outworks every fighter I've ever worked with. He's had a killer schedule during this training camp but it's been really productive."
Fellow Wildcard fighter and sparring partner, Jose Ramirez, has been impressed while working with Pacquiao at the Elorde Gym in Manila.
"Manny has been sharp," admits the former Olympian. "He's looks really fast, and very explosive, throwing good combinations."
Despite being a professional fighter for almost twenty-two years, Manny seemingly still has the motivation and drive of a hungry, young prospect heading into his 67th official bout. Pacquiao explains why he's been working so hard for the November 5 assignment.
"Jessie Vargas is a champion," Manny told FightHub TV at LAX Airport on Sunday. "That's why we need to make sure we are in 100% condition. Not only is this fight for a belt, but this is also my first fight as a Senator. This is very important to me."
Pacquiao will compete against Jessie Vargas on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, for his eleventh major world title.