FREDDIE Roach is set to arrive in the country by the last week of May, just in time for the toughest part of Manny Pacquiao's training for the July 2 title fight against challenger Jeff Horn of Australia.
The 57-year-old Roach will supervise some of Pacquiao’s daily training at the Elorde gym in Pasay City upon hit arrival, before they move camp to General Santos City early in June, by which time the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion will be through with his job at the Senate.
“Perfect timing lahat. Pagdating niya (Roach) rito patapos na rin ang session sa Senado,” said the 37-year-old senator following his afternoon training at the gym owned by the family of one of the country’s greatest boxers inside the Five E-com Center.
Pacquiao disclosed the Senate session will be over by June 2 and will resume with its first regular session for 2017-18 on July 24 when President Duterte makes his annual State of the Nation address.
“Naka-break ang Senado ng time na yun kaya tamang-tama na hard part na ng training yun,” said the eight-time world division champion.
“Eksakto lang yung schedule talaga.”
It was also one of the reasons why the Filipino boxing icon was not receptive to fighting on May 20, originally eyed as the date for the fight against Horn - and later against Amir Khan.
“Kaya ayaw ko rin ng May 20 kasi naka-session pa ang Senate,” he added.
Pacquiao is now in the first week of what had been mapped out by his team as an eight-week training camp to get him in shape for his first defense of the WBO title belt he won over Jessie Vargas last November.
He doesn’t see him burning out in what could be one of the longest training camp he’ll ever have.
“Sakto lang yun,” said Pacquiao, who quickly changed outfit from training gear to barong tagalong as he proceeded to attend the Senate session afterwards (see photo).