MANNY Pacquiao shrugged off a sprained ankle he suffered while playing basketball over the weekend as he trained for about two hours at the MP Tower on Tuesday afternoon as part of his buildup for his November 24 fight against Brandon Rios.
The 34-year-old Filipino boxing great worked out at the former L&M gym in Sampaloc, Manila alongside retired featherweight Erikson Asilo as he moved and bounced around inside the ring without showing the effects the injury.
Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN and veteran broadcaster Ronnie Nathanielsz of Manila Standard first reported the accident, which Pacquiao suffered after admitting he failed to wear an ankle support.
“Di na masakit. Wala na daw,” said former Pacquiao trainer Emil Romano, who was at the MP Tower when the entourage of the eight-time world champion arrived.
Pacquiao, who’s also the representative of the lone district of Sarangani in Congress, did 10 rounds in the mitts with Asilo to the delight of the crowd that packed the gym.
He also went two rounds with the double edge, three rounds with the speedball, three rounds with the skipping ropes, and two rounds of shadow boxing.
The former world pound-for-pound king is already trying to be in shape prior to the arrival of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and begin their training camp in General Santos City for the Rios fight.
This marks the longest stretch the Pacman had been inactive inside the ring as his last fight was held December last year when he suffered a stunning sixth-round knockout loss to Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
The loss to Marquez came at a time when the Filipino southpaw was still recovering from a controversial split decision loss at the hands of American Timothy Bradley as he yielded his World Boxing Organization welterweight title belt.