Fortune Looks Forward To Reunion With Pacquiao

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

“Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao’s first strength and conditioning coach at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card  Gym in Los Angeles, former heavyweight contender Justin Fortune,  is looking forward to reuniting with Pacquiao and Roach and Filipino assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez.

In an overseas telephone conversation  with the Standard, Fortune who set up his own Fortune Gym also in Los Angeles after parting  ways with Roach some years ago, said he is “coming over to help Manny, help Freddie put everything into harness. My job will be to help Manny beat (Brandon) Rios” in their WBO International welterweight title fight in Macau on November 24.

Fortune said he is schedule to leave Los Angeles on Friday night to arrive in General Santos City a couple of days before Roach who plans to fly out of LA after Miguel Cotto’s fight against Delvin Rodriguez on Saturday.

When asked who reached out to him to rejoin Pacquiao’s training camp after Roach fired Alex Ariza who is now training “Bam Bam” Rios, Fortune said it was “Manny and Michael (Koncz) and they went through Freddie first.”

He said “everything is fine and we want to get back to where we were. Freddie will do the boxing training, I will do the conditioning  and Manny will do the fighting.”

Fortune indicated he is looking forward to working alongside Roach and Buboy Fernandez and “we’ll be like we used to be with Manny.”

He played down whatever differences he had in the past with Roach telling the Standard that he had been with Roach for some 20 years and they had gotten over their little difficulties “absolutely” and added he couldn’t allow “something silly” to get between us.

Fortune told us he is looking forward to working again with Pacquiao but emphasized that Pacquiao “needs to get back to where he was” pointing out that Rios “is beatable if Manny is fit.”

The strength and conditioning coach noted that Rios “is a very credible fighter who can punch and take a punch although he is one dimensional.”

Fortune added the fight “is not a walk in the park but we’ll do our best to help Manny win.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by taansend on 09-30-2013

I actually saw Fortune box live on a bill in Brixton about 20 years ago. He was the shortest heavyweight I ever saw. And shat too. Very strong but all the boxing ability of a brick being pushed by a…

Comment by STAX ON DECK on 09-30-2013

[QUOTE=radiotracer;13798818]get a grip he's not the memo your trying to make him out to be. :sombrero::sombrero::*******::*******::*******:[/QUOTE] he clearly is juiceoia is a yellow joke

Comment by radiotracer on 09-30-2013

[QUOTE=Young Money;13798672]Wow, Justin Fortune a known steroid user.[/QUOTE] get a grip he's not the memo your trying to make him out to be. :sombrero::sombrero::*******::*******::*******:

Comment by Young Money on 09-30-2013

[QUOTE=radiotracer;13798805]where do you get your bull**** facts from:poke:[/QUOTE] So quick to call bull**** [url][/url] Apology accepted.

Comment by radiotracer on 09-30-2013

[QUOTE=Young Money;13798682]In a sworn declaration in support of the dismissal motion, Roach said Fortune admitted to him that he used performance enhancing drugs, or PEDs. “During the time that I trained (Fortune), (he) told me that he had used cycled…

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