WITH a month left before Manny Pacquiao’s May 2 showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr., the Filipino boxing champion will train behind closed doors.
In a report from the Los Angeles Times, beginning on Saturday, April 4 (Sunday, Manila time), the training room of Team Pacquiao in Hollywood will remain closed and locked before and after working hours.
The reason cited by the eight-division champion was his intention to “sharpen his focus” face off against the undefeated Mayweather. Reporters will no longer have workout interviews with Pacquiao until his April 15 media day.
“Since the red carpet [March 11] until now, we’ve done so much press — triple any other fight — he’s a little tired of it,” trainer Freddie Roach said. “I told him I’ll pick up the slack if needed. I can be tired. He can’t.”
Pacquiao is currently undergoing conditioning at the Wild Card Gym. Last Thusday, the fighter from General Santos City performed 1,300 sit-ups in the morning and followed that with 10 rounds of sparring, 10 rounds of shadow boxing and six straight minutes of box-step drills.
“You have to focus without interruption after your activities of jogging, training … I don’t want to focus on anything other than boxing,” Pacquiao told The Times.
“I’m not complaining about interviews. They help us promote the fight and help the people know what’s happening in the camps. This is just the first time I’m asking for time to focus. There’s something I need to achieve in this camp, especially mentally.”
The amiable Pacquiao has been known to be overly accommodating to media and his fans even during training but explained he now plans to focus on the fight, citing he would be fighting for “the Filipino People”.
“Everyone knows how important this fight is, and for me it’s really, really, really important because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime fight. It’s a big responsibility for me to win,” Pacquiao said.