Pac­quiao works hard for Var­gas fight

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

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

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