Roach: 'May 2 will be celebrated for years to come as St. Manny's Day'

Milan Ordoñez on Mar 18, 2015 10:05 AM
Roach: 'May 2 will eventually be known as St. Manny's Day'
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MANILA - Three weeks into the eight-week training camp, and the Pacquiao camp's confidence is riding on an all-time high.

In a report by, trainer Freddie Roach is ecstatic with the recent developments they have made in camp, so far.

"Manny looked so fresh today. I'm very happy with what he showed me," said the seven-time Boxing Writers Association of America Trainer of the Year. "You couldn't tell he had been away from the ring since the Algieri fight in November. Manny is on fire in the gym."

Manny, who just went through the first wave of sparring sessions, is more than satisfied with training camp, as well.

"After 13 days of strength and conditioning and boxing drills at Wild Card plus weeks more of working out in the Philippines in February, it was great to finally put on the headgear and spar," Pacquiao said. "My sparring partners gave me good work today. They were perfect for testing the strategy Freddie and I have developed to beat Floyd Mayweather."

In a separate report by Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News, Pacquiao was eager to get into his first sparring session, particularly because he and Freddie had been studying videos of Mayweather's past fights, and that they know exactly what to do come fight night. 

Since the finalization of the May 2nd clash, Mayweather Jr. has been strangely quiet and has kept himself from any form of trash talk. Roach, meanwhile, has been ribbing at their opponent and his entire camp since day 1, and day 13 was no different.

"I am confident May 2 will be celebrated for years to come as St. Manny's Day, ?the day he drove Mayweather out of boxing," said the 55-year old Roach.


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