LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao was in a light and relaxed mood during his final day of training for his welterweight title rematch against Timothy Bradley two days from now.
And that only means one thing – he’s ready to go.
“This is going to be a good fight,” said Pacquiao as he and trainer Freddie Roach wrapped up their two-month training camp at the Top Rank gym here on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
The 35-year-old boxing great worked the mitts with Roach and did his usual abdominal stretches during the two-hour workout, where he was joined by former world champion Miguel Cotto, reigning light-welterweight titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov, and two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming – all stablemates at the Wild Card gym.
Just before the boxing legend from General Santos City left, all of them had their photo taken at the center of the ring along with the 55-year-old Roach.
Pacquiao said he sees no problem meeting the 147-lb. limit going to Friday’s official weigh-in (Saturday, Manila time) at the MGM Grand, saying he’s just maintaining his current weight.
Strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune said the Filipino southpaw weighed 149 earlier in the day, but said Pacquiao may have lost three pounds following the workout, exactly the weight the camp of the eight-time champion intends to come in.
The mood even lightened up the moment the three-time Fighter of the Year arrived at his suite at the 61st floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.
People from all walks of life, from politics, sports, and entertainment, gathered just to wish Pacquiao goodluck in his bid to become a world champion again.
Among those who visited the ring great were Senator Ralph Recto, Rep. Toby Tiangco (Navotas City) and Bing Leonardia (Bacolod City), former women’s world boxing champion Ana Julaton, young actor Enzo Pineda, former Ginebra player Peter Aguilar, and one-time PBA player and Ginebra coach Rino Salazar.
They chatted and ate dinner with Pacquiao, who feasted on tinolang manok, beef broccoli and aspharagus, string beans vegetables, and rice.
Pacquiao also rendered a few songs just before dinner, after which a short bible service was held.
It was lights out by 9 p.m. but not before Pacquiao promised his guests to expect a good fight against Bradley.
“You will enjoy it. Let’s do it on Saturday.”