By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Manny Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz has debunked reports that the “Fighter of the Decade” had the flu and indicated all he had was an irritated stomach probably caused by something he ate.
Koncz told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard there was no way Pacquiao could have been down with a fever since he sparred twelve rounds on Saturday with three different sparring partners and “looked great.”
Koncz said Pacquiao demonstrated his speed, footwork and power and was in fine physical condition.
He said Pacquiao is “right on schedule and training camp is going very well.”
In a separate interview with the Standard, strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza said reports that Pacquiao was ill were “not true at all” and that when he sparred on Saturday, Pacquiao “looked very good.”
He said the cramps he had suffered in his legs in the past “have completely gone” and Pacquiao himself had said he was not bothered by it any more.
Ariza said that with sparring expected to taper off this week “its time to close it out” in preparation for Pacquiao’s defense of his bWBO welterweight title against undefeated Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9.
Ariza said Pacquiao was eating heartily in order to “keep his weight on.”
The strength and conditioning guru who has been with Team Pacquiao since some two weeks before Pacquiao demolished WBC lightweight champion David Diaz and through his spectacular victories over Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito among others weighed between 150-152 pounds which was just right at this time.
Ariza also told us he will merely concentrate on his job of getting Pacquiao into the best shape possible for the Bradley showdown and will not get sidetracked into talking about any reported differences with members of Team Pacquiao .