Manny Pacquiao was shadowboxing one recent sunny afternoon, showing off his lightning-quick speed and fancy footwork, when he was asked about his right shoulder.
The fighter paused and walked to a corner, moved to his left and showed the pair of curious onlookers the scars of the operation that he underwent after the Floyd Mayweather super fight last year.
Pacquiao showed off the five-inch-long scars on his tattooed biceps exactly two months before he meets Tim Bradley for the third time at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“Nice, Nice,” he said before throwing a multi-punch combo that cut through the air effortlessly.
Told that Bradley might end up striking it repeatedly so it gets reinjured, Pacquiao made a scathing look at the guy who raised the question.
Instead, Pacquiao glanced on his shoulder, positioned his feet squarely, raised his left hand to cover the side of his head and threw a right hook, a weapon that the 37-year-old lefty rarely uses to finish off a foe as his left has often gotten the job done with terrifying results.
“That’s what we plan to do when I hit him,” he said.
Even training assistant Buboy Fernandez is aware of what Bradley will be up to come fight night.
“We know what to expect so we can prepare for it,” said Fernandez, who will hand over the reins of training as soon as Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach presides over training proper which starts this Monday in General Santos City.
Pacquiao will spend about three weeks in the country with Roach before proceeding to the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood where the most crucial stage of the buildup takes place.
Pacquiao and Bradley are 1-1 in head-to-head encounters although Pacquiao was the clear recipient of a bum decision the first time they met in 2012.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks