IN a bid to knock out American challenger Chris Algieri, the handlers of Manny Pacquiao bared to Spin.ph a new weapon in the boxing hero's arsenal.
Pacquiao’s assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez revealed that a special punch precisely aimed at ending the the eight-division world champion's five-year knockout drought has been designed and polished in three months of training.
“Iyun ang 'Sarangani punch.' Iba pa 'yun sa dati niyong nalaman na 'Manila Ice.' Nakita nyo na 'yun sa last na laban, pero ngayon pinulido namin 'yun. 'Yun ang abangan niyo,” bared Fernandez.
“Ngayon pulidong pulido na namin 'yun. Nagawa na namin 'yun sa (Ricky) Hatton. Uulitin lang namin at itinama lang ng tamang sukat,” he added of the punch they developed in a solid 134 rounds of sparring in General Santos.
Reputedly a better version of the overhand left straight that knocked Hatton out cold in 2009, Fernandez also revealed that the ‘Sarangani punch’ was also utilized against Timothy Bradley last April, but it wasn’t as polished back then.
“Hindi namin masyado napulido nun eh. Ngayon talagang na-practice namin ng todo, pati sukat ng patama. Praktisado ni fighting congressman,” he said.
With the punch - which is said to be a deadly right uppercut - polished to perfection, the outspoken childhood friend of Pacquiao stressed that a knockout win for Pacquiao is imminent in the Algieri fight.
“May inihahanda kaming time bomb para sa kanya. 'Yun yung pamatay na suntok namin na sasabog sa kanya. Suntok na galing Sarangani 'yun,” Fernadez bared.
“Basta ito lang masasabi ko. Mayroong knockout (sa Linggo). Mangyayari at mangyayari 'yun. Basta clue ko ito: uuwi tayo ng maaga sa Pilipinas ng masaya,” Fernandez hinted.
“May matutumba sa laban na ito!”
Fernandez also disclosed that they are targeting an attack zone in the body of the taller Algieri.
“Alam na natin kung saan siya papatamaan,” he said. “Walang awa-awa. Knockout muna tayo sa laban na ito.”
Fernandez, however, said the Pacman camp is not taking the unbeaten New Yorker lightly, saying they are wary of Algieri’s longer reach and left hook.
“Ang iniiwasan natin sa laban at dapat bantayan kay Algieri, yung kaliwa at left hook. Kaliwete yun at kickboxer eh,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fernandez bared that Pacquiao is currently on a walking weight of 143 pounds, already a pound below the catchweight for Sunday's 12-round fight.
“Nasa 143 na lang siya. Wala nang problema kasi 144 naman ang paglalabananan. Umalis tayo ng Pilipinas (nung Monday) nasa 142 o 141, sa weigh-in sa Sabado, kakain muna tayo bago magpatimbang,” he said.
Here's the video of the full interview with Buboy Fernandez: