by Ronnie Nathanielsz
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who was at the Wild Card Gym on Monday to watch pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao on his first day of workouts since arriving from Manila over the weekend said “he was fine but a little jet-lagged.”
With five weeks of intense training ahead of him, Pacquiao began the day with a 6:45 a.m. run from Griffith Park up the Hollywood Hills to the landmark Hollywood sign, cutting a minute from his personal best time for the 5.63 kilometer mile distance finishing in 22 minutes.
Pacquiao worked out for a total of three hours in the afternoon, going ten brisk rounds on the punch-mitts with trainer Freddie Roach and another two hours of conditioning exercises with strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza and punching the heavy bag and honing his reflexes on the speed ball.
Roach described the workout as “a good session” even as he indicated that its now time for “the hard work and the strategy” while Arum said “ Manny worked hard but looked tired and that’s usual after a long flight.”
The astute promoter noted that Pacquiao “has plenty of time” and that the problem with his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez was that “he peaked too early so they are holding him back so he peaks at the right time” for his WBO welterweight title defense against undefeated world junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9.
Pacquiao said “Freddie and I had a good camp in the Philippines and we are ready to work very hard in preparation for Timothy Bradley. Bradley is strong, undefeated and young. I have a great deal of respect for his talents and his accomplishments.
Commenting on speculation that Floyd Mayweather Jr may retire Pacquiao said “that is his personal decision” even as he stressed “I have no plans to retire. I still love what I’m doing.”
Turning to the continuing drama with Floyd Mayweather Jr and a possible fight with Pacquiao, Arum said “the problem with Mayweather is that he understands boxing and would be a great matchmaker. He knows that if he fights Manny who is a southpaw who punches and moves, he’d be in trouble.”