MANNY Pacquiao’s camp is confident they have hit their target in the first week of training.
Nine rounds with the mitts raised his volume to 37 rounds. Another nine rounds were lined up for Saturday, which means he will have logged 46 rounds with the pad alone, which to ordinary fighter is by no means light.
Counting the 30 more rounds with the heavy bag, double end ball and speed ball, skipping rope and shadow boxing and the Pacman would be heading to the second week of his build up program starting Monday logging 76 rounds under assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez and younger brother Roger “Haplas.”
The next phase of the program is to regain his punching power lost in his six months of ring inactivity following his last fight in November last year. Pacquiqo said.
“We started this camp with the hope of, first, gaining back the speed … and we believe we’ve slowly but surely we are succeeding,” Pacquiao told Spin.ph shortly after completing a rigid 20-round grind on Friday at the Elorde Gym in Pasay city.
“Konti-konti lang muna, afterall we had just opened the camp five days ago and, hopefully, by next week, we can move into the second level of the program we had prepared at least before the arrival of Freddie (chief trainer Freddie Roach) the first week of June.
Pacquiao will be putting his World Boxing Organization 147-lb crown on the line against Australia’s Jeff Horn on July 2 in Brisbane.
Watching their head coach in Team Mahindra in the PBA did his thing in the gym, three of his players — Glenn Khobuntin, Eric Camson and Jack Corpuz — expressed amazement.
“Ang hirap pala ng boxer, biro mo, light pa daw ang ginawa nya dahil simula pa lang ng training pero grabe na ang pawis at pagod dinanas ni coach,” Khobuntin noted.
“Kaya nga dito na lang tayo sa basketball. Daing tayo nang daing sa hirap sa basketball, di hamak na mas mahirap ang boksing,” Camson butted in.
“Ako enjoy sa mga nakita kong ginawa ni coach. Parang music. Ang ganda pag sinusuntok niya ang bag at balls, parang sumasayaw. Ganda ring pakinggan ng sound ng suntok nya pag tumatama, parang musika,” said Corpuz.