Manny Pacquiao barely missed a beat in his first training camp in America in two years.
Back on his old grounds at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles, Pacquiao got down to some serious work with an afternoon training session with his Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach.
The celebrated tandem, who spent three hours in the gym, spent nine rounds in gloves with Pacquiao showing off his explosiveness.
“If this is how Manny hits with jet lag, he may need some new gloves with thicker padding for our next sessions,” said Roach. “He was incredibly ready for his first day. He hit hard with good power. After all these years, it still amazes me how great he is when he gets to training ground. “
“After traveling around the world yesterday, he spent a full day here: gloves, sprint bag, shadow boxing, everything works. The best part was at the end when he lifted his shirt to show me his abs and said, ‘Freddie, I’m still here.
Pacquiao, 42, who hasn’t been in the ring since defeating Keith Thurman for the WBA “Super” welterweight title in July 2019, makes his long-awaited comeback as an underdog against two-belt champion Errol. Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) on Aug.21.
Pacquiao began his camp in the United States with a morning run of five miles and a thousand sit-ups. He also underwent a random drug test by Vada (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) at his home.
“Errol Spence is a very difficult fight for me; maybe the hardest of my career, ”said Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs). “But I’ve been an underdog my whole life. I’m used to it. That’s why I work so hard. But the love and prayers of my fellow Filipino and Filipino citizens around the world sustain and inspire me. I fight for the glory of our nation and for the homeless everywhere. “INQ
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