Roach back in the groove with Pacquiao

Nick Giongco 22/02/2016

Freddie Roach said that Manny Pacquiao did not seem to miss a beat as they started training last week for Pacquiao’s fight with Tim Bradley set on April 9 in Las Vegas.

Roach and his prized boxer trained in General Santos City and the American trainer said Pacquiao was somewhat like the boxer of old.

“I am very happy,” Roach said after presiding over the afternoon gym session.

Roach noted that Pacquiao, whose last fight was in May last year against Floyd Mayweather, was in high spirits and eager to please.

“There was no hesitation in either hand,” said Roach, who arrived in the Manila from Los Angeles on Valentine’s Day and immediately flew to General Santos City.

Roach obviously meant business and Pacquiao did too as they joined hands once again in trying to get ready for the third fight with Bradley.

Two sparring partners are lined up for Pacquiao and Roach revealed that they’d be arriving early next week.

Roach had feared that Pacquiao might hold his punches because of the trauma that was caused by the injury that he sustained in his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May.

“No, no hesitation at all,” added Roach, who expects to fly back to the US in the first week of March for the most crucial stage of the preparation, the final four weeks at the Wild Card where Pacquiao will be pushed to the limit once more.

Pacquiao is the prohibitive favorite in the scheduled 12-rounder even though he and Bradley had split their first two fights. Bradley won on a controversial decision the first time in June, 2012 but Pacquiao exacted payback in April 2014.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks