Pacquiao on training camp for Marquez, wants Mayweather fight: I’ve always wanted it

15 Oct

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

A media magnet, a belt-collector and the consensus pound-for-pound number one, Manny Pacquiao – the WBO welterweight world champion – has iterated his desire to fight anyone, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Sergio Martinez included, providing the contests takes place within the 140.1 – 147lbs weight class. Taking a break from his workout routines in the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, Pacquiao also spoke of his current training camp.

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Pacquiao prepares for Marquez in November. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“I control my training, you know, step by step,” Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38ko) said in front of the mp8 camera lenses during the middle of shadowbox exercises, refuting allegations that he is in danger of over-training.

The 32-year-old is currently set to conclude the first week of his Los Angeles training schedule. Prior, Pacquiao had been in his native Philippines along with his coaching staff, entourage and sparring partners, training out of the Shape Up gym in Baguio City.

From the outside, camp looked productive. Pacquiao received a solid 30 rounds of sparring with stablemate Jorge Linares (who challenges for the vacant WBC lightweight world title on Saturday) and had the benefit of a pre-camp conditioning week with Alex Ariza, who linked up with Manny before head cornerman Freddie Roach arrived in order to ensure the iconic prizefighter was in peak fitness when full training began.

Speaking on the differences between training in Baguio and in LA, Pacquiao said: “Training in the Philippines is harder than here [Los Angeles] because it’s high altitude, it’s hard to breathe and [there are problems] with the ears.”

The reason Pacquiao gave Ariza for calling him out a week early was because a third fight with Marquez is personal to him, however, he indicated that motivation for any fight, regardless of opponent, is not something he ever lacks: “I am always motivated in every fight but this fight is very important because it’s our third and it is the last fight we will have. We have to end all the issues and doubts in his mind. I want to make people happy and to make people satisfied.

“I’m expectant of Marquez being in top shape,” said Pacquiao. “I never underestimate this fight. He needs this fight badly, he will train hard, like me, that’s what I’m doing, training hard and on November 12 there will be a lot of boxing in the ring.”

Known for his brace of bouts with Marco Antonio Barrera, his trilogy of fights with Erik Morales and his upcoming trilogy with Marquez, one further name that has been synonymous to Pacquiao’s has been Floyd Mayweather Jr’s. The two have never shared a ring, but because of their status as the number one and number two at 147lbs as well as the pound-for-pound charts, there is much desire to see whom is the superior fighter.

“For me, whatever fight I have in my boxing career, whoever my opponent, I’m satisfied,” said Pacquiao, a 58-fight veteran of the sport having boxed 341 rounds, picking up multiple honours in eight weight classes – a record. “What I’ve done in boxing is really… I’m satisfied.

“I always want the [Floyd] fight but I cannot force him,” Pacquiao proclaimed, before noting that one of the issues deemed to be a scuppering point is no issue for him, personally. “There’s no problem with drug-testing.”

Mayweather Jr (42-0-0, 26ko) returned to the ring to much attention. He fought Victor Ortiz in September and left the ring with a share of an even bigger portion of the spotlight having knocked the erstwhile WBC champ out in four rounds in controversial circumstances: “I watched it,” said Manny of the Las Vegas showdown.

He added by remarking that whilst Mayweather Jr obtained his win with legal punches, he is perhaps guilty of questionable sportsmanship, however, Pacquiao also pointed to Ortiz’s naivety: “My analysis of that fight is that he was lucky that Ortiz was trying to be nice to him. He had no sportsmanship. They say ‘protect yourself at all times’, and that’s not Mayweather’s fault – that’s Ortiz’s fault.

“It’s hard to tell [if Mayweather showed ring rust, or age] because the fight was so short. It’s unfair to Floyd to make bad comments about him.”

When asked if a scrap with Martinez, the middleweight ruler, was something he would be interested in, he responded by saying simply: “At 147 – why not?”

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