Pac­quiao still mar­vels at own speed

Pac­quiao still mar­vels at his own speed

Tempo - - Front Page - By NICK GIONGCO

LOS AN­GE­LES – Manny Pac­quiao could not help but mar­vel at him­self on Thurs­day while train­ing at the Wild Card Box­ing Club in Hol­ly­wood.

“Muy rapido (Very fast),” Pac­quiao said in Span­ish less than 10 days be­fore clash­ing with Adrien Broner on Jan. 19 in Las Ve­gas.

Pac­quiao had just un­leashed a com­bi­na­tion dur­ing his shad­ow­box­ing rou­tine when he de­cided to stop and heed the call of his cor­ner for a break.

His train­ers, led by chief cor­ner­man Buboy Fer­nan­dez, Hall of Famer Fred­die Roach and strength coach Justin For­tune, all agreed that it was time for Pac­quiao to stop and re­lax.

But Pac­quiao sim­ply thought it wasn’t yet the time; he wanted to push even more.

In the end, Pac­quiao was per­suaded into ap­ply­ing the brakes and he was es­corted back to his dress­ing room.

With three more days left of train­ing here in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia be­fore the 300-mile road trip to Las Ve­gas on Mon­day af­ter­noon, there ap­pears to be noth­ing more in camp that has been left un­touched.

It seems all bases have been cov­ered and ev­ery­one’s keenly await­ing how the sched­uled 12rounder would play out.

Pac­quiao is crav­ing to score an­other knock­out after the sheer joy of see­ing Lu­cas Matthysse crum­ble in their en­counter last year in Kuala Lumpur.

Roach feels Pac­quao has more than what it takes to take Broner out the way the Filipino icon dis­posed of Matthysse.

“He’ll break him down,” said Roach.

(Nick Giongco)

REVVING UP: Manny Pac­quiao (left) and chief trainer Buboy Fer­nan­dez work on their strat­egy on Thurs­day in Los An­ge­les.

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