LOS ANGELES, California – With still 54 days before he fights his World Boxing Council/World Boxing Association counterpart Floyd Mayweather Jr., World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao looks on the way to regaining the form that saw him stop four of the five pretenders that cross his path in 2008 and 2009.
“Tell them to just wait,” Pacquiao, now 36, declared in reference to doom sayers who claim he no longer has the speed and the power that had Juan Diaz, Oscar DeLa Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto kissing the canvass one after another in that two-year span to crown himself the sport’s pound-for-pound king.
“Kaya pa, kung pagsisikipan (I can still do it if I work hard) and I would like to relay to my detractors that I am trying very very hard to relive those days when I had been winning all my fights by sending my opponents to dreamland,
Pacquiao, who was then only 30-31 years old said yesterday following a 10-round pummeling the mitts with chief trainer Freddie Roach at Wild Card Gym here.
“Wala pa (Not there yet),” he conceded, but it will come. Malayo pa naman, halos dalawang buwan pa ang preparasyon (There’s almost two months to go of preparation) and this early, I can feel na aabutin ko pa yung mga panahong iyon (I reach top form)” he vowed in reference to his punching power.
And if assistant trainer Nonoy Neri is concerned, Pacman will need a very short time to attain that target.
“Ngayon pa lang, masasabi ko na nakuha na niya ang dating biles,” Grabe ang bilis ni Manny, compared sa mga nakaraang laban niya (This early I can say that he has regained his speed).”
“Nagugulat nga si Coach Freddie sa mga nakikita nya kay Manny. Bilis ng kamay, bilis ng paa, nandyan na (Freddie Roach is amazed at what he sees. The quick hands and the quick feet are there),” he said.