FREDDIE Roach and his team chose to ease off the throttle than push Manny Pacquiao as they prepared to move camp to General Santos City.
A day before returning to his hometown, Roach surprisingly reduced an earlier planned 10-round session, saying they have hit their goals for the first month of training for the July 2 fight against Jeff Horn in Brisbane.
“We believe we have already covered all the bases in our buildup program. So we decided to cool things down over in the coming few days to give Manny a break and at the same time allow us time to review where exactly we are now and find solution where we missed,” Roach said.
The Hall of Fame trainer added Pacquiao will resume heavy training by middle of next week.
“Considering that we only have a little less than a month left in the program, we need to fall back or turn what we have achieved so far to naught,” Roach pointed out. “That could be disastrous. We can no longer afford that going into the last stage of reparion.”
Strength and conditioning guru Justin Fortune as well as assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez, Nonoy Neri and Ror “Haplas” Fernandez agreed.
“We all know how Manny is. He always loves to please the crowd even when training. He loves it when people applaud his every move. Reason why he always ask for more than what we scheduled him to do in a day’s work,” Fortune explained.
The 38-year-old winner of 11 world titles in eight weight divisions only did eight rounds with three sparmates, including three with promising Australian lightweight George Kamposos Jr., only 23, but already the No.9 ranked contender by the World Boxing Council.
Local boy Leopoldo Doronio, Pacquiao’s training partner since sparring started two week ago, absorbed the Fighting Senator’s wrath in two rounds, while Mexican super-lightweight Adrian Young, who joined the team only last Tuesday, worked out with Pacquiao also for three rounds.
Roach could only absorb his ward’s punching power for four rounds, after nine rounds a day before. Even the routine two rounds each in the heavy bag, double end ball, speed ball and skipping rope were dispensed with.
Doronio, though, along with Fil-Indon Sonny Kathiandagho, did not make the GenSan trip when the team left Sunday due to body pains from the sparring sessions the past month.
“Masasakit na ang buong katawan ko. Ang tadyang ko, di pa gumagaling, Bugbog na bugbog last week pa sa lakas ng suntok natanggap ko,” Doronio complained.
Kathiandagho, on the other hand, complained of pain around his neck as a result of a powerful right cross from Pacquiao during spirited exchanges last Thursday.