Advertisement
Advertisement

Roach: Pacquiao Will Be Fine Fighting Early in Macau

by David P. Greisman

When welterweights Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios step into the ring in the main event of their upcoming pay-per-view, it will be the evening of Nov. 23 in the United States — and around noon on Nov. 24 in Macau, China, which is where Pacquiao-Rios is taking place.

It’s an adjustment from Pacquiao’s recent fights. There is a 16-hour difference between Macau and Las Vegas, where 10 of his last 12 bouts have been. Yet Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, says his fighter is being aided by adjustments they’ve made in camp, as well as where Pacquiao’s camp is.

“What we’re doing is we’ll run him at 4:30 in the morning. We’re getting up earlier in the morning and training him earlier in the afternoon. We’re getting him used to having two meals before the fight,” Roach said on a Nov. 13 media conference call. “It shouldn’t be too much of a problem. We are ready to fight, and we’re actually on the same time zone as China here in the Philippines. So we don’t have to deal with jet lag.”

Rios, meanwhile, trains out of California and arrived in Macau on Nov. 13.

“The fact that we are fighting in the morning, it is different and we have never done that,” Rios’ trainer, Robert Garcia, said on a media conference call last month. “It’s not only different for us but for everyone on the card and is new for everybody. One thing about Brandon is that he always trains at that time anyway. He is always at the gym at 11, and by noon he is already sparring and doing his work. So that is already something we do, so it could benefit us. When we go to Macau we will do the same thing.  We will be training early.”

Added Rios during that Oct. 30 call: “It’s going to be different, but not really. Once you get in the ring and fight you are not even thinking about, ‘Oh it’s going to be too early for me.’  It’s in the morning, but to me, I’m just ready to fight, to get it on, to show the world what I can do when I’m in top shape having the best training camp ever, and when I come in mentally and physically ready to show everybody what they can expect from me.”

Pick up a copy of David’s new book, “Fighting Words: The Heart and Heartbreak of Boxing,” at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsamazon. Send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Evol on 11-15-2013

[QUOTE=littlemac;13930734]Their both fighting at the same time so neither would be at a advantage or disadvantage. Sounds more like Roach is indirectly setting up excuses cause there is no need to even bring this up since both fighters will be…

Comment by Zen_Fighter on 11-15-2013

Ha! Hilarious! I am with you. Gotta like Brandon Rios but he is getting starched.

Comment by Hougigo on 11-15-2013

[QUOTE=BoxingArtist;13931341]If anything, the fight zone benefits Pacquiao, since he lives in the same time zone almost all year round.[/QUOTE] Rios flew there this week, doesn't take long to acclimate to the time zone.

Comment by BoxingArtist on 11-15-2013

If anything, the fight zone benefits Pacquiao, since he lives in the same time zone almost all year round.

Comment by Heavy Heart on 11-15-2013

FIGHT OF THE YEAR IT IS!:popcorn:

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (14)
Top Headlines Video: Canelo Talks Golovkin, McGregor, Smith, Moving Up, More Photos: Canelo Putting in Hard Work During Media Day Canelo Warns McGregor: Any Time I'll Show You Boxing is Not Easy! Arum Reflects on Mayweather's IV, Pacquiao Shoulder Shot Scandal Frankie Gomez is Training Well at Wild Card, Says Freddie Roach Francisco Vargas Likes The Idea of Unification in First Fight Back Stiverne: I'll Knock Povetkin Out, Get Revenge on Deontay Wilder! Jose Zepeda Inks With Cameron Dunkin, Eyes Pacquiao-Vargas Bill Hekkie Budler Motivated To Work His Way Back To The Top Jacobs: Carelessness Against Mora Taught Me Very Valuable Lesson Zolani Tete: I Was Offered Rigondeaux Shot, He's Too Big For Me Nonito Donaire Pumped About Landing on Pacquiao-Vargas PPV Joshua vs. Parker: Promoters Putting Wheels in Motion For March Martin Murray: Golovkin Stops Brook in Five, Six Rounds Tops Ricky Burns-Kiryl Relikh SSE Hydro Ticket Information Canelo-Smith HBO Special To Debut on September 10 Luis Concepcion Unseats Kohei Kono, Taguchi Beats Miyazaki Metcalf-Pryce To Head MGM Liverpool Show In October Juanma Isn't Sure if He Will Fight on After Vazquez Jr. Showdown Badou Jack on DeGale, Says PEDs Help Keep Bute From Fading Hearn Fires Back at Canelo: Brook is Doing What You Won't Do! Daily Bread Mailbag: Ward-Kovalev, GGG-Brook, Easter, More Kell Brook: Once I Beat Gennady Golovkin - I'm The Man! Quigg Backs Frampton: He Nullified Santa Cruz, Won By 3 Points Badou Jack-Callum Smith To Be Ordered on 9/13, Says Hearn Tarver Wanted Big Money, Co-Feature Billing For Usyk Sparring AIBA Executives To Meet, Discuss Further Changes, Improvements Kohei Kono-Luis Concepcion: Pre-Fight Report Card Arum Expects Pacquiao To Have at Least Two Fights in 2017 Rex Tso To Keep a Close Eye on Kono vs. Concepcion Outcome Neeco Macias: I Was Lucky Enough To Be Blessed With Heart George Foreman Fails To Sell His Lambo at Huge Car Auction Eubank Jr: Brook Has No Fire, He's Happy To Get Golovkin Payday Ed Brown Continues Busy Schedule, TV Networks Interested Peralta: Until Recently I Went Hungry, I Suffered A lot, Overcame It Canelo: Let's See if Liam Smith is The Fighter He Says He Is Jack Asis Calls it a Day, Decides To Retire From Boxing Cuadras: Chocolatito is Too Small, I Will Get The Job Done Don King: Povetkin-Stiverne Can Go To Russia, Putin is My Friend Sugar Ray Leonard on What Brook Needs To Shock Golovkin
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement