SECURITY is hardly a concern for Manny Pacquiao as his team is set to leave for General Santos City for the final stretch of training camp for his world title fight against Jeff Horn of Australia.
The camp of Pacquiao will be departing on Sunday for Mindanao, which was recently placed under Martial Law by President Duterte following the siege of Marawi City by the Maute militant group.
Pacquiao close aide Jojo Sta. Teresa confirmed the plan of the boxing great to SPIN.ph during the game between Mahindra and Barangay Ginebra at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The 38-year-old playing-coach of the Floodbuster sat beside top deputy Chris Gavina at the team bench.
“Oo, the team will be leaving for GenSan on Sunday to resume his training there,” said Sta. Teresa. “Ang wala pang date yung pag-alis papunta ng Australia, pero ang balak one week before the bout bago aalis.”
Winchell Campos, a close associate of the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion who was also at the Big Dome, allayed the security fears.
“Northern most naman yung Marawi City, while yung GenSan Southernmost, so malayo talaga,” he said. “And I don’t think Manny will take the risk na doon mag-training kung tingin niya hindi safe ang security.”
Trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune will lead the team going down south, including the three Pacquiao sparmates headed by Mexican Adrian Young.
Pacquiao will be defending his 147-lbs title against the unbeaten Horn on July 2 before an expected sellout crowd at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.