FOR maximum preparation, Manny Pacquiao flew to Los Angeles, Saturday (3/7) night. Pacquiao will face tough opponent Errol Spence Jr.
So far, Pacquiao has been preparing in General Santos City, Philippines. In the US, he will train at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, starting Monday (5/7).
Pacquiao will meet Spence, the WBC/IBF welterweight champion, August 21. Pacquiao himself was previously the WBA super welterweight champion. However, due to long inactivity, WBA changed its status to champion in recess.
“I don’t know if this is my last fight or there will be more, but we will discuss them one by one,” Pacquiao told a virtual press conference before departing.
Pacquiao, previously underdog, beat Keith Thurman in July 2019, and became the oldest welterweight champion at the age of 40.
Now, aged 42, Pacquiao is determined to cement his legacy by taking on a younger, fresher and bigger opponent, Spence (27-0-0, 21 KOs). Spence is considered the Big 3 pound-for-pound.
Pacquiao completed his training in the Philippines sparring against skinny welterweight Jayar Inson, under the direction of coach Buboy Fernandez and assistants Nonoy Neri, Jonathan Penalosa and Haplas Fernandez.
According to Neri, Pacquiao is 70 percent ready for the duel against Spence who has a 4-inch height advantage and 5-inch reach.
In the US, training will be supervised by Roach with the physical supervision of Justin Fortune.
Realizing an opponent who can fight brutally, Pacquiao will focus on honing his speed and stamina.