Buboy Fernandez, the head trainer for WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, says his boxer will not require a lot of time to get himself in shape for a ring return.
Pacquiao, 41-years-old, has been away from the ring since July of 2019, when he won a twelve round unanimous decision over Keith Thurman to capture the WBA title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The victory raised his record to 62-7-2 with 39 knockouts.
Pacquiao should have seen action in the first half of the year.
The coronavirus pandemic pushed back his next defense, likely until the end of the year.
Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, who promotes WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, would like to get Pacquiao in the ring with his fighter - but that level of event would require an audience, which for the moment is not possible due to COVID-19 restrictions.
As soon as they receive a concrete date, Buboy expects his boxer will be physically ready to go.
"There’s no problem because his light training has been continuous, and because he sweats it out regularly, it’s not a problem for him,” Fernandez told The Manila Times in a phone interview.
"We won’t have a difficult time bringing his stamina up to speed once there’s a schedule already. I even told him on his birthday that two more fights would be enough. There’s nothing more to prove. But it’s difficult to tell a fighting senator to stop fighting. So, we wait for him to decide when.
"Maybe it’s his determination, and it’s still in his heart to keep fighting. We’re just surprised that his opponents still get knocked down. It’s up to us to decide [his next opponent]. That all depends on the discussion between the senator and the promoter. Whatever their decision, what’s important is that we’re always prepared. There hasn’t been any confirmation. I don’t want to set anything in stone. Let’s wait for all concerned parties to come to an agreement.
"The fighting senator is always ready. He never lets himself go. He does light training. Whether he has a trainer or not, he exercises."