HOLLYWOOD – Manny Pacquiao gave Freddie Roach something to cheer about on the final week of their training camp in Los Angeles - and 12 days before his April 9 wleterweight showdown with Tim Bradley.
The 37-year-old Pacquiao showed up at the door of the Wildcard gym here an hour before his afternoon call-time, and the many-time recipient of the Trainer of the Year award couldn’t be any happier.
“It’s always a good sign,” said Roach when asked about it. “That means he slept well the night before.”
Although it was the second time the Pacman arrived for training earlier than scheduled, Roach admitted still being surprised seeing the most famous boxer in his stable reporting for duty way ahead of time.
“He came an hour earlier and I said what’s going on here,” added Roach with a sheepish smile.
But that eventually set the tone for what the 56-year-old Roach described as a ‘great workout and a very good day,’ in which Pacquiao did 10 rounds in the mitts, three rounds in the heavy bag, three rebounds in the double end, and another three rounds in the speed ball.
Roach has been satisfied with the way the camp has been going the past seven weeks that he’s more than convinced the Filipino great is ready to face Bradley for the third time in four years.
“He’s ready to fight,” stressed Pacquiao's longtime trainer. “The thing is we still have a week to go, we still have some more sparring days, but he’s ready to fight now.”