LAS VEGAS – If Tim Bradley’s training camp was hell, it’s the exact opposite for Manny Pacquiao.
“My training camp was amazing. It was heaven,” the Filipino champion said with a smile as he turned to glance at Bradley, who was sitting next to him in the head table, during the final press conference for Saturday’s (Sunday, Manila time) world welterweight championship showdown.
When it was his turn to speak, Bradley had described his two-month training camp as ‘hell.’
In contrast, Pacquiao, 33, found the eight weeks he spent preparing for the fight – from the highlands of Baguio City to Freddie Roach’s popular sweatshop in Hollywood – as the closest to being perfect.
He was so happy with training camp that Pacquiao said he feels like a young man again.
“I feel like I’m 26 years old again,” declared the boxer turned congressman from the province of Sarangani. “My team already wants me to stop training, but I kept on pushing and pushing.”
His longtime trainer Freddie Roach can attest to that. He said Pacquiao had a lot less distractions in the buildup for this fight compared to their other training camps in the past, more so the last one for his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.
“We had a really good training camp and he’s very focused,” said the Hall of Fame-bound trainer. “There’s not much distraction in his life; there’s some new distractions, but they’re much better.”
Despite the smooth preparations, the Filipino southpaw is not about to take his undefeated challenger for granted.
“I will fight a good fight,” said Pacquiao, who was earlier presented with a diamond ring by World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel after being declared a super-champion of the organization.
“We did our best in training camp because I know Tim Bradley is hungry and young.”
Roach guarantees Pacquiao will show up for the Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) bout in the best possible shape. “I know it’s going to be a tough fight, but Manny is 100 percent ready,” he said.