Team Pacquiao hardly concerned by early Floyd Mayweather buildup for megafight
Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao opted not to play and instead called the shots from the sidelines in KIA's loss to Blackwater on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan. Jerome Ascano

IT doesn’t bother the camp of Manny Pacquiao that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is lacing up his gloves and starts training for his May 2 mega-bout against the Pacman.

Pacquiao close adviser Michael Konz said they’re hardly concerned on what the unbeaten Mayweather does as he begins his buildup for boxing’s richest fight ever.

“I’m not worried about when Mayweather would start training,” said Konz during the PBA Commissioner’s Cup game between KIA Motors and Blackwater Saturday at The Arena in San Juan. “It’s Manny who I’m concerned with.”

Mayweather, 38, said he can’t wait to begin training for his fight against his Filipino nemesis, announcing that training camp for him starts on March 2.

But Konz countered Pacquiao has already been warming up at the gym as early as last week, doing some light training in General Santos City and later on, at the MP Tower in Sampaloc, Manila.

“What’s important is that Manny has been going to the gym a lot the past few days, plus he's playing a lot of basketball lately,” added Konz, who was set to leave with the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion for the US on Saturday night together with brother Bobby Pacquiao via Philippines Airlines.

 “We have full nine weeks ahead of us.”

The 36-year-old Pacquiao failed to get a fitting sendoff after Blackwater snapped KIA Motors’ two-game winning run with a 115-104 rout.

Pacquiao held a closed-door meeting with the team afterwards, before leaving the playing venue in a huff accompanied by several bodyguards and members of his entourage.

Seven other members of Team Pacquiao also left for the US later in the night, but via Vancouver, Canada.

Pacquiao is expected to hit the Wild Card gym by next week to undergo conditioning under strength coach Justine Fortune.


Chief trainer Freddie Roach is currently in Macau to work in the corner of two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming, who seeks his first world title against reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand on March 7.

Roach is expected to be back at California on March 9.

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