ARE the daily distractions taking a toll on Manny Pacquiao’s training?
In a report from USA Today Sports, the 36-year old Filipino world boxing champion missed his routine morning roadwork session over the weekend. The megafight with Floyd Mayweather is on May 2.
Pacquiao was a no-show for the scheduled run at 6 a.m., with his usual retinue of training partners already assembled outside his Hancock Park residence and a crowd of fans lining the route along Pan Pacific Park on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).
"Manny won't run today," said strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune. "It is not the end of the world, but we do it for a reason."
With barely a month left before the Las Vegas showdown, trainer Freddie Roach raised concerns earlier last week by admitting that Pacquiao had been suffering leg cramps in. Roach said they were treating it with a combination of massage therapy and a special cream that costs $1,800 per bottle.
With the most lucrative boxing match in history against the undefeated Mayweather this close, Pacquiao's calves are a point of concern, as the eight-time world division champion has endured discomfort in that portion of his body for the past several years.
"I would like him to get up and move around at least, get out the stiffness from the work we have been doing," said Fortune.
"He is not going to run, but we will make up for it with the work we do later,” the Australian added.
With Pacquiao's sparring sessions and workouts scheduled to increase in intensity, the focus will be on the Filipino champ’s much-discussed calves and how much a factor they would become on May 2.
"I make it hard for him but he needs to suck it up. Fighting Mayweather is not easy, either. There are always consequences."