LOS ANGELES – As the highly-awaited fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. draws near, Manny Pacquiao assured everybody, from close friends to people in his camp, that everything is going smoothly and things will fall into place come May 3 (Manila time) when two of boxing’s biggest names finally square off inside the ring.
“Relax lang kayo. Huwag kayong ma-tense, hindi naman kayo ang lalaban, e,” said Pacquiao on Sunday, when he took a break from training camp that is now into its sixth week.
The 36-year-old Pacquiao had to allay all these fears with less than two weeks heading into the match the world has been longing to see.
And proof he’s relaxed and has nothing to worry about, Pacquiao was busy as a bee on his rest day, attending one event after the other as if he’s not about to face the biggest fight of his life 13 days from now.
Accompanied by his family and an entourage that is expected to grow going into fight day, Pacquiao attended Sunday service at the Shepherd of the Hills church in West LA late in the morning before having lunch at his favorite Japanese restaurant Kabuki located at Vine St. in Hollywood, where he was also joined by wife Jinkee and kids, along with Mommy Dionisia, close friends and members of his camp.
After lunch, he proceeded to Florentine Gardens to personally supervise the final weigh-in of the ‘B Side Weight Competition’ involving members of Team Pacquiao, with the ‘biggest loser’ in both the men's and women's categories taking home as much as US$12,000.
He proceeded to his LA house by dinner time where he feasted on broth fish, chicken, and adobo while entertaining some more waiting visitors.
It was lights out by 10 p.m., ready to go back to training the following day with his regular morning run at Griffith Park by 6 a.m.