The pound-for-pound champion has a final sparring session in Los Angeles before heading to Las Vegas last Monday.
Manny Pacquiao’s display of energy and stamina during his training in the U.S. further reinforced the popular belief that he would bring home his seventh world boxing title after his welterweight fight versus Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto. Even the students of Los Angeles High School couldn’t help but come by their track oval just to catch a glimpse of Manny who ran for a while before he proceeded to his last sparring session with Mexican Raymundo Beltran last Monday, November 9. “He’s going to win this match. The cat’s in the bag,” said his avid supporters.
Many went through more than 150 sparring sessions throughout preparations for this much-awaited face-off on November 14 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “Ang condition ko ngayon ready to fight na. It’s all set,” Manny happily exclaimed in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN sports journalist Dyan Castillejo. His head trainer Freddie Roach also confirmed that he already perfected his winning body jabs during their mitt session that same day. “The body is a good place to kill somebody and bring him down. [My prediction regarding this game] is knockout, same as always,” he beamed.
By 5 pm, a customized bus carrying Manny’s troop of supporters (Team Pacquiao) was already on its way to Las Vegas together with Manny who was riding with his wife Jinkee in his Lincoln Navigator. Dyan further shared that as soon as they arrived at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay at around 11 pm, Manny took a quick dinner followed by a much-needed rest.