Manny Pacquiao’s camp is taking a different approach to reaching peak form in time for the monumental May 2 collision course with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.
As Pacquiao begins to feel that he is about to hit the top, his trainers opted to do away with sparring for the third straight day for fear that he might burn himself out.
Instead of banging bodies, Pacquiao did the regular gym routine under the watchful eyes of a training team looking forward to a victorious night next month.
The last time Pacquiao sparred was a week ago and for the first time the Filipino puncher has been forced to keep his gun inside the holster.
This coming week, Pacquiao is expected to resume his sparring sessions as he and lead trainer Freddie Roach finalize the battle plan for the scheduled 12-round welterweight war at the MGM Grand.
Included in Pacquiao’s schedule is an open workout he is hosting for the media on Wednesday.
Last Friday, Pacquiao did 14 rounds with the mitts and Fred Sternburg, the Denver PR man tasked to handle Pacquiao and Roach’s publicity, described him as “fabulous.”
This past week, Roach has been firm as he had actually sent Pacquiao home in one instance, fearing that sending him into the grinder might mess up the condition he’s already in.
Simply, it’s a case of saving the best for last.
25TH US FIGHT
The Floyd Mayweather fight will be Manny Pacquiao’s 25th ring appearance on US soil.
Pacquiao made his American debut in June 2001 as a scrawny, 11th hour substitute super-bantamweight who saw action in the undercard of an Oscar De La Hoya headliner.
From 2001 until 2014, Pacquiao fought exclusively in the US although he did see action in Davao, Manila and Macau.
Aside from Las Vegas, Pacquiao also strutted his stuff in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Memphis, San Antonio and Dallas.
KID KULAFU OPENS
The Manny Pacquiao bio-flick Kid Kulafu will hit local theaters this Wednesday as tension build up for the May 2 showdown between the Filipino pride against Floyd Mayweather.
Directed by Paul Soriano, the movie stars Buboy Villar (as the young Pacquiao), Cesar Montano (as Sardo Dapidran) and Alessandra De Rossi (as Dionisia Pacquiao).
Shot in locations in Sarangani and General Santos City, Kid Kulafu tells about the young Pacquiao who had to endure a life of poverty before making it big in the world stage.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks