The fire is still raging in Manny Pacquiao’s eyes, according to Justin Fortune, who feels Floyd Mayweather will crack under enormous pressure from the Filipino southpaw on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Fortune first came aboard the team in November 2003 when Pacquiao was getting ready for Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera and the Australian émigré believes Mayweather won’t like what he’ll see come fight night.
“If Manny doesn’t knock him out early, he will do so in the later rounds,” said Fortune, who returned to Team Pacquiao last year after a falling out with chief trainer Freddie Roach in 2007.
“The intensity that Manny will show against Mayweather is crazy,” said Fortune, who has been monitoring Pacquiao’s morning roadwork every single day beginning March 1.
While Pacquiao continued to push himself to the limit, Fortune noted that the preparation took a different approach this time with the sparring rounds lessened even more.
“Manny is already a veteran and in this training camp, the focus is more on quality and not quantity,” said Fortune, who campaigned as a heavyweight during his fighting days in the 1990s.
Roach acknowledged the drastic change, saying Pacquiao logged under 100 rounds as they prepare to travel to Las Vegas on Monday afternoon.
But it doesn’t mean the effort given by Pacquiao have also suffered as the 36-year-old gave Roach a million and one reason to flash a smile almost every single day of training.
“Honestly, Manny’s been really great in this training camp and I can’t ask for more,” Roach, 55, said.
Pacquiao, 36, took a breather Sunday to attend church services but resumed training on Monday when he sparred for the very last time.
Once he settles in Sin City, Pacquiao will only train until Wednesday as Roach is adamant that his fighter gets to recharge his batteries.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks
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