Pac­quiao not slow­ing down

Tempo - - Front Page - By NICK GIONGCO

LOS AN­GE­LES – Manny Pac­quiao re­quested to jump rope on Fri­day af­ter­noon but lead trainer Buboy Fer­nan­dez po­litely turned down his re­quest.

Pac­quiao tried his luck with con­di­tion­ing coach Justin For­tune and was given the same dry an­swer.

With a lit­tle over a week be­fore fac­ing Adrien Broner in Las Ve­gas, Pac­quiao still ap­peared as though he hadn’t done enough to prime him­self up.

“One more, one more,” Pac­quiao said, sound­ing like a kid beg­ging for the clown to per­form an­other play­ful trick.

“We’re done with heavy train­ing,” said For­tune, who be­lieves the 40year-old Filipino south­paw has reached his peak and that the re­main­ing train­ing days will be solely de­voted to main­tain his con­di­tion.

“We’ve sparred over 100 rounds and that’s it,” said For­tune, a for­mer pow­er­lifter and heavy­weight fighter who once bat­tled Len­nox Lewis.

Pac­quiao had racked up six rounds of heavy pound­ing on the mitts and shad­ow­boxed as well but still craved for more.

“When­ever there’s a lot of peo­ple watch­ing him train, he tends to show off a bit,” said For­tune.

In­deed, quite a num­ber of me­di­a­men were al­lowed to wit­ness the tail-end of his train­ing ses­sion.

Aside from those as­signed to the Pac­quiao beat, there were sev­eral non­box­ing in­di­vid­u­als who gained ac­cess to the first floor of the Wild Card Box­ing Club.

HUD­DLE: Manny Pac­quiao, Fred­die Roach and Justin For­tune dis­cuss strat­egy on Fri­day at the Wild Card Box­ing Club in Los An­ge­les. (Nick Giongco)

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