MACAU – Manny Pacquiao spent the final day of his longest training camp ever not inside the boxing gym, but in the comfort of his luxurious suite inside the Venetian Hotel.
For about two hours on Friday afternoon, Pacquiao sweat it out with trainer Freddie Roach at the spacious living room of his 38th floor suite located at the south wing as the buildup for his Sunday encounter with American Brandon Rios which began two months ago in his hometown of General Santos City finally came to a close.
Huge tables, furniture, and other stuff had to be moved to make space for Pacquiao and Roach to do their thing.
For the past three days since arriving in this entertainment capital of Asia, the 34-year-old boxing champion had been training hard in a makeshift gym at one of the basement floors of the five-star hotel situated in the lively Cotai Strip.
The training was short but intense as Pacquiao was sweating and breathing heavily by the end of the session.
A slight drizzle early in the morning also prevented the eight-time world champion from running around the oval, and instead opted to jog on the treadmill found inside the men’s room of his suite.
Roach said he was more than satisfied with the way training camp went, saying Pacquiao’s frame of mind is really in a good place at the moment.
“Manny is really looking good, focused, and no distraction. He’s anxious to be back,” said the 53-year-old trainer. “One of the best Manny I have seen for a long time, and I’m confident Manny’s gonna destroy this guy (Rios).”
The five-time Trainer of the Year said Pacquiao is already right on target with his weight, tipping in at exactly 147-lbs a day before the fight’s official weigh-in on Saturday morning.
“Weight is not an issue. I just don’t want him coming in too light. I like him at 144 because at 144 his speed is tremendous,” Roach added.