LOS ANGELES - Manny Pacquiao’s conditioning coach assured the Filipino boxing hero will be in the best shape of his career for the Floyd Mayweather fight, dismissing concerns about anything from weight to chronic cramps.
“There’s no more concern, he is in great shape which he is maintaining now,” said Justin Fortune. “He is in great shape, he is about 95 percent (ready now) he will peak in time."
Fortune said all issues about Pacquiao's health especially about the cramps are a thing of the past, going out the window when he came in to reclaim his job from the controversial Alex Ariza.
“There’s no cramps. His cramps (were with) Ariza, not (with) me,” he said.
Asked if he still holds a beef against Ariza who is not part of Mayweather's training team, Fortune lets out another jab at his rival.
“No, there’s no vindication (or whatsoever for me) against Ariza. Listen, when I was with Manny he was knocking out (Erik) Moraleses, (Juan Manuel) Marquezes. When Ariza was in, it was a has-been (Oscar) De La Hoya and a has-been (Ricky) Hatton,” he said.
Fortune also insisted there is no rivalry between him and Ariza.
“No, Ariza is gone man. He is done,” he said.
With just about six days before the richest fight in boxing history unfolds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Fortune declared that Pacquiao is already within the 147-pound limit for the world welterweght bout.
Even at 150lbs in their last sparring, Pacquiao was moving with lightning speed like a featherweight, Fortune added.
Watch video of interview with Justin Fortune: