Pacquiao works hard for Vargas fight
Los Angeles: Manny Pacquiao says that despite a punishing schedule which includes juggling two high-profile jobs in the build-up to his return to the boxing ring, he has still managed to maintain his fire for the sport. Now that the Philippine Senate is on a break, the boxing legend says, he is finally able to start training in earnest to face World Boxing Organisation welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas this weekend. Three months after ending his brief ring “retirement,” Pacquiao is in the final weeks of preparations for the fight set for November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Centre.
“It can be very difficult if you are not disciplined. But I feel good,” Pacquiao said. “Every day I was able to run in the morning and then train after the Senate session. The gym is very close to the Senate. It is important to win this fight convincingly to prove that I am still there.” Pacquiao’s long-time trainer Freddie Roach said, the 37 year-old’s continued success is a result of the hard work in the gym.
“His work ethic is still the greatest I have ever seen. I am amazed that after 15 years of working together he still has that passion. He still has the speed and power. Manny will punch this guy out.” Pacquiao looked impressive in April when he dominated Timothy Bradley in their third fight. If he gets past Vargas, as many think he will, Pacquiao could be looking at a fight against unbeaten Terence Crawford in 2017.-Business Inside