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Roach is Concerned: Pacquiao Looks Tired, Sluggish in Sparring

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is concerned about the tiredness of eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao, who looked sluggish in sparring with unbeaten Jose Ramirez at the Elorde Gym at the Mall of Asia complex on Thursday - when the two boxers traded punches for six rounds.

Pacquiao looked fatigued and listless but worked hard on the punch-mitts, heavy bag and shadow boxing after the sparring.

Ramirez told us Manny appeared tired and taut while he himself was getting better as the jet-lag which bothered him in his first sparring session with Pacquiao last Tuesday, began to wear off.

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Roach told BoxingScene.com/The Manila Standard in an exclusive interview that “it was not such a happy day” compared to what Manny showed in his first sparring session against Ramirez last Monday.

Roach told us “I think he is getting a little tired. He looked a little flat. The work in the Senate is starting to get to him so we’ll have to re-arrange his schedule a bit and give him two days off a week instead of one,” recalling he did the same thing in Manny’s preparation for the Miguel Cotto fight which he won by a 12th round TKO and “it made a big difference.”

Roach said Manny “is getting a little bit older” and giving him off on Wednesdays and Sundays would make a difference “because of the stuff he’s doing” in the Senate.

He noted that Pacquiao was at his best in h is first sparring session with Ramirez over six rounds when he was “at his best and I told Manny why can’t you give me that every day. If you show me that, fight like that, nobody in the world can beat you.”

Roach noted that Ramirez is improving  daily as the jet-lag wears off and said Ramirez whom is his fighter with a record of 18-0 “is enough and would bring Manny to the best fighter of old so it can’t hurt.”

He said Pacquiao did ten furious  rounds on the mitts on Wednesday and we now “have to give and take a little.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by champion4ever on 09-30-2016

It's because fighting is just not him anymore. He's burned out. Now he is only in it for the money which is sad. I wouldn't be surprised if he is either KO or retired in this next fight with Vargas…

Comment by larry mustafa on 09-30-2016

[QUOTE=watchayouhead;17087433]Pac man is a shot fighter, he's 40 and took a lot of shots. Pac is going to get KTFO by Vargas.[/QUOTE] he is 37 not 40 and he is not shot..past prime?? yes...shot??? no

Comment by larry mustafa on 09-30-2016

[QUOTE=JASON SHAW;17086186][SIZE="5"]what? Rios got tko's by alvarado the crackhead before manny cherrypicked him! [/SIZE]Then manny crackquiao cherry picked algieri after he got his face broken by provodinikov! Even hbo said algieri lost that fight and manny cherry picked him to…

Comment by watchayouhead on 09-30-2016

Pac man is a shot fighter, he's 40 and took a lot of shots. Pac is going to get KTFO by Vargas.

Comment by boxinggod101 on 09-30-2016

[QUOTE=JASON SHAW;17086186]what? Rios got tko's by alvarado the crackhead before manny cherrypicked him! Then manny crackquiao cherry picked algieri after he got his face broken by provodinikov! Even hbo said algieri lost that fight and manny cherry picked him to…

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