MANNY Pacquiao will be at his best when he stakes his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against Australian underdog Jeff Horn on July 2 in Queensland premier city of Brisbane.
This the 38-year-old Filipino lawmaker and his handlers assured to Aussie boxing fans who will be seeing him fight for the first time in the 12-round match billed as the biggest ever to be staged Down Under.
“Yes, Australian boxing fans and those from all over the world can expect the best in me,” Pacquiao promised after Saturday’s 40-round training session in his own Pacman Gym at the heart of his hometown General Santos City.
“I have been preparing hard for this fight, precisely para mabigyan ang fans ng pinakamagandang laban. Ibibigay ko sa kanila ang gusto nila, especially doon sa hindi pa ako nakikitang lumaban ng personal,” he added.
“Mabibigyan ko lamang sila ng magandang laban kung maganda ang preparasyon,” he continued. “This early, two weeks before we leave for Australia, what I can say is I’m already prepared physically and mentally.”
Pacquiao said he is actually ahead of schedule in his training that his team had to slow him down a bit the past week.
“Medyo toned down nga ng bahagya ang ensayo nitong nakaraang isang linggo mula noong dumating kami dito sa GenSan. Ahead nga kami sa schedule kaya kailangan hinay-hinay muna to avoid being over-trained," Pacquiao.
The 11-time world titlist in eight weight divisions had added 27 more rounds with the mitts (nine each last Monday, Wednesday and Friday) besides 30 more rounds of sparring with World Boxing Council No. 9 lightweight contender George Kamposos Jr. and promising Mexican junior-lightweight Adrian Young.
Chief trainer Freddie Roach did away with working with the mitts on sparring days to lessen the load.
Roach said though that starting Monday, sparring will be increased to 12 up to 15 rounds, depending on the need, until the team leaves for Brisbane on June 24.
“Manny’s been working like crazy the past two weeks in Manila. He looked hungry to be in the gym. We felt we had to give him rest the whole week last week,” the Hall of Fame trainer explained.
“Tagal na kasing walang boksing kaya sabik na sabik kumbaga. Naging masyadong busy sa senado. May mga hearing sa araw tapos session sa gabi. Next week, balik na uli sa heavy training,” Pacquiao said.
“Mahirap din namang kalawangin sa kakulangan ng ring activity,” he said. “Gaya ng dati, dalangin ko lang huwag akong magkakroon ng mabigat na injury from now during training hanggang sa araw nang laban."