Manny Pacquiao started his training on Tuesday to mark his journey towards his November match with Jessie Vargas. Freddie Roach has not given a specific date yet for his arrival so the Filipino superstar worked the mitts with his long-time friend Buboy Fernandez.
Manny Pacquiao last fought on April against Tim Bradley, and announced his retirement after winning it by Unanimous Decision.
He hasn’t knocked out an opponent since Miguel Cotto by TKO almost seven years ago, and boxing analysts have divided opinions on his performances. Add up his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and his loss to Floyd Mayweather, and some would argue for his decline.
It could be that his ideal fighting weight is at the light welterweight division, and his less than stellar performances could be attributed to that reason.
During his light training session after fulfilling his obligations at the Philippine senate, Manny Pacquiao was seen complaining a bit of stomach cramps.
The 37-year-old fighter has had issues with leg cramps too in his previous fights, which he says have hampered his movement around the ring, and limited him from executing his strategy.
His cramps have been a major concern for his team, especially leading to his fight with Floyd Mayweather last year.
But he dismissed the cramps he experienced on Tuesday were natural, after not having trained for a while with abdominal exercises, according to a report by Spin Ph.
Are these manifestations of his body’s wear and tear after years of boxing?
Nevertheless, majority of analysts chime in and give Pacquiao a wide advantage against Jessie Vargas. In spite of the latter’s advantage in height and reach, he’d have serious trouble with the Pacman’s angles, speed and power.
Jessie Vargas is confident he can shock the world by winning this bout, and directed his ire against non-believers saying, “On November 5th I will shut the critics up!” according to a report by Boxing Scene.
Many believe Jessie Vargas is just a stepping-stone for the real fight to come in Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather rematch.
Vargas is driven to prove his worth and said, “I am going to show that I am the best in the welterweight division and who better to show it against than Manny Pacquiao?… I promise you that I will give it my all and show how much of a warrior I am. I don’t back down and take no back steps.”
Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao showed he has more than enough energy after training by proceeding to play basketball, joining the Senate Defenders basketball team practice.
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