MANNY Pacquiao formally began his US training on Christmas Eve after working out at the gym that had been home to him for more than 15 years.
The 40-year-old boxing great from the Philippines was back at the confines of the Wildcard gym at Vine St. in Hollywood as the second and crucial phase of his training for the upcoming January 19 title fight with Adrian Broner kicks off.
The first day of training saw Pacquiao reunited for the first time with Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, the long-time trainer who defined his career as one of the greatest boxers of his era until their bitter falling out last year following the shocking loss to Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia.
While Roach is back in the graces of the Pacman, the 58-year-old former boxer will only supervise the Filipino legend’s training, now being handled full-time by close pal Buboy Fernandez.
The Wild Card gym is usually closed on Sundays, but was opened by Roach just to accommodate Pacquiao’s first training in Los Angeles in the last two years.
The eight-time world division champion had his last training at the famed sweatshop back in 2016 when he was preparing for his fight against Jessie Vargas, where the World Boxing Organization welterweight title was at stake. Pacquiao eventually won the bout by unanimous decision.
Unmindful of the holiday season coupled with the chilly weather, the Filipino senator woke up early and run the uphill course of Griffith Park at the Santa Monica Mountains where the famous ‘Hollywood Sign’ can be found.
The afternoon workout was later confined to working on the pads, shadowboxing and abdominal workouts as everybody in the gym had to rush home and prepare for Christmas Eve.
The reigning World Boxing Association welterweight champion however, will immediately buckle down to work two days after Christmas as he’s expected to resume sparring session with regular sparring partner George Kambosos.