MANNY Pacquiao’s US training – supposedly the last of his career – begins this week as the boxing superstar finally arrived in Los Angeles for the second and last phase of his preparation for his third bout with Tim Bradley.
The 37-year-old ring icon was accompanied by a small entourage that joined him in a 13-hour direct flight from Manila.
A warm welcome at the LAX International Airport greeted Pacquiao, whose controversial comments on same-sex marriage created a stir both in the Philippines and overseas.
Trainer Freddie Roach was with the group, and so was longtime buddy and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez.
“We’re doing good,” said Pacquiao when asked how the first phase of training camp went. “We’ve started here since 2001 so I’m excited to finish our training here in Hollywood."
Pacquiao is expected to resume training for the next three weeks at the comfort of the Wild Card gym as he primes up for what he earlier referred to as his ‘farewell match.’
He did 10 rounds of sparring in General Santos City Saturday afternoon before heading to Manila early evening for his late flight to Los Angeles.
The Pacman also vows to give fight fans something to remember in his final fight as a pro.
“It’s gonna be a lot of action and will answer all the questions in the mind of the fans,” he said.