Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines will be returning to the gym to start his training camp for the Timothy Bradley fight in April in late January, according to long-time Canadian adviser Michael Koncz.
The Filipino will be battling American Bradley for the third time in their careers at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States on April 9. 2016. Pacquiao is fighting for the first time since a shoulder injury suffered during the training camp for the Floyd Mayweather fight in May last year.
“[Manny Pacquiao] told me that when he gets back from the press tour, he will begin training and I think that he will be going to the gym before the end of this month,” Koncz stated over the weekend to Manila Bulletin, a local daily in Pacquiao’s home country.
Pacquiao, who lost to Mayweather in the “Fight of the Century”, is set to travel to Los Angeles, California in the U.S. to kick off the Pacquiao vs. Bradley 3 promotional tour this week.
A press conference is scheduled on Tuesday in L.A. as the fighters face off for the first time since their 2014 meeting when Pacquiao defeated Bradley via unanimous decision. In 2012, Bradley won the first match-up between the two rivals with a controversial 12-round split decision victory.
In the same report, Koncz also stated that the sparring partners who will help Pacquiao prepare for Bradley are yet to be finalized. Koncz added that the training camp will be have two phases, the first half in Pacquiao’s hometown in General Santos City in the Philippines and the second half in the United States, most likely in Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in L.A.
Pacquiao has been criticized for his selection of his Bradley for his comeback fight and what could be the final bout in his career. Others snubbed were Amir Khan, Terence Crawford and Adrien Broner, all of whom were pegged to be better challengers than Bradley, who has already shown unimpressive performances in his previous two fights with Pacquiao.
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