Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner held media workouts on Wednesday at separate gyms in Los Angeles, CA.
Pacquiao was able to keep up with much younger sparring partners George Kambosos Jr. and Arnold Gonzalez on Tuesday, going four rounds with each as he tapers down his sparring with two sparring days remaining. On Wednesday, you could find space on the ring apron with only mild elbowing necessary. "He's still hard to slow down, sometimes we tell him to get some rest and we have to fight every bit of the way to make that happen", Roach said. Mayweather defeated Pacquiao by unanimous decision.
Could Mayweather be tempted to lace them up one more time? A Mayweather-Pacquiao sequel is likely to be the first thing fans and media will be asking, considering both had agreed to do warmup fights before talking rematch. Boxing is my passion, and public service is my mission.
Manny Pacquiao is not overlooking Adrien Broner despite talks of a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr percolating. "Since then, he's had surgery, he's healthy, and I think a healthy Manny Pacquiao beats Mayweather".
This is how Fortune, a former Australian heavyweight boxer who runs a gym bearing his name here and serves as Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach, sees the outcome of Pacquiao-Broner. Yet nearly as if on cue, the former adversaries were both courtside at the Clippers game at STAPLES Center.
Pacquiao was invited on the court to throw t-shirts into the crowd.
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Their 2015 fight came together after the two met courtside at a Miami Heat game, meeting at a nearby hotel to try and hammer out the details.
The Filipino six-weight world champion has vied for a rematch ever since, though he claims all his attention is now on beating Mayweather's former close friend Broner. One of the stops on the Filipino boxer's trip to LA was a Clippers game, where he crossed paths with one of the chief rivals of his career, Floyd Mayweather.
"Growing up and seeing Pacquiao fight, of course I always wanted to fight him". Pacquiao said when pressed by Shawn Porter on the show. "He's just locked in on Manny Pacquiao". The 40-year-old looks to be in great shape heading into next weekend. "A win here and I'm a legend overnight".
"Not really", said Roach. He is expected to leave for Las Vegas on Monday. "He came to camp with a look on his face like this is the one he's got to have". "We do have a gym we're gonna go to".
Pacquiao claimed after the fight he had torn his left rotator cuff in training, and he was unable to fight to the best of his ability.
The knockout was Pacquiao's first in nine years and 14 fights since he won his first welterweight belt by stopping Miguel Cotto in the 12th round in 2009.
The World Boxing Association welterweight champion knows he will have his hands full when he battles the hard-hitting Broner in Las Vegas on Jan 19 and is not lining up fighters down the road. He's getting older, it's part of life.