Freddie Roach set for mid-February arrival for final training camp with Pacquiao
Freddie Roach is set to arrive in mid-February for the first half of Manny Pacquiao's training for the Tim Bradley fight, which will be held in General Santos City. Jerome Ascano

LEGENDARY Freddie Roach is set to arrive in the country by the middle of February for the official start of Manny Pacquiao’s training camp for his world title fight against defending champion Timothy Bradley.

Roach will be coming over either February 13 or 14 and proceed immediately to General Santos City, where the Filipino boxing superstar will have the first part of his scheduled eight-week training.

Originally, the entire camp was supposed to be held at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, but owing to Pacquiao’s numerous commitments as Sarangani congressman and senatorial candidate in the coming May national polls, the Pacman’s camp deemed it better to hold the first half of his training in the country.

“General Santos is more ideal, because there’s more distraction if we’ll hold it in Manila,” said Pacquiao close adviser Michael Konz.

Roach no longer sees any problem with it, having been used doing the same thing in the past.

“Distraction has been his whole life. Distraction doesn’t bother him all too much,” said the 55-year-old many-time Trainer of the Year at the end of the whirlwind press tour in New York City promoting the third Pacquaio-Bradley fight.

“He knows when he’s getting ready for a fight, once he comes into the gym, it’s all 100 percent boxing.”

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At the same time, Roach said he’ll try to enjoy this training camp like no other as the April 9 fight for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title bout is being billed as Pacquiao’s farewell match.

“I look forward to that training camp of coming over to the Philippines for the first three weeks, and the last four weeks will be in my gym in LA,” he said. “We’ll be ready for this fight."

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