HOLLYWOOD – Freddie Roach has allayed fears there’s something wrong with Manny Pacquiao's feet just a week before his third fight against American Tim Bradley.
For the past few days, Pacquiao, 37, has been complaining about his right foot, which his cornermen said tends to slip in training when sweat streams down his leg.
But Roach was quick to play down any concern about the matter, saying putting pads on Pacquiao’s shoes will easily solve the problem.
It also has no connection on the cramps that have bothered Pacquiao in previous fights.
“His feet is hot because he’s moving so much,” explained Roach. “That’s been a problem in the past, because we didn’t take care of that, we didn’t have pads. But the pads will take care of that. It’s not a problem.”
Last year, Pacquiao’s inner circle concealed the injury he suffered on his right shoulder while training for his highly-anticipated fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
He eventually aggravated the injury during the course of the 12-round match which he lost, requiring surgery that kept him out of the ring for close to a year.
Roach however, said the latest concern isn't the same.
“He’ll tell me his feet is hot, and then two seconds later, he’ll move like a wild cat,” said the seven-time Trainer of the Year.
Roach said Pacquiao is almost 100 percent as their seven-week training camp finally comes to a close.
“We’ll run a little bit and do a little bit of workout Tuesday and Wednesday,” said Pacquiao’s longtime trainer of their plan once the team arrives in Las Vegas Monday for fight week.
“Then Thursday and Friday, maybe (it’s off day). His weight will be good (by then).”