LAS VEGAS – A buff and buoyant Manny Pacquiao arrived here on Monday night (US time) confident of adding Timothy Bradley to his long line of victims.
“I’m ready to go. I’m excited to fight again,” was the world welterweight champion’s curt statement upon his arrival in this gambling and entertainment mecca following a five-hour travel by car from his training camp in Los Angeles.
Pacquiao’s arrival befit someone of his stature in the fight game, as he was accompanied by a long caravan of 27 vehicles including the colorful customized bus that bore his image.
The 33-year-old fighting congressman from Sarangani province was on board his Lincoln Navigator during the long trip with wife Jinkee and Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson, a close family friend of the Pacquiaos.
As in the past, an elegant suite awaited the boxing superstar at the 60th floor of The Hotel, where he had been regularly billeted since his 2008 fight against Oscar De La Hoya.
Food was overflowing inside, with Pacquiao’s favorite dishes of pansit, nilagang baka and kaldereta adorning the buffet table.
The champion finally retreated to his exquisite bedroom after saying the rosary to cap a long, tiring day that saw him spar for the last time at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles.
Trainer Freddie Roach was not around to see the glow in the face of his famous boxer. But he certainly is as confident of winning on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) against the undefeated Bradley.
“I have no worries about the fight,” said Roach, who checked in a little later. “Manny is in great shape and ready to go. We’re ready for whatever Bradley brings in.”