On Saturday — Friday in the United States — the 32-year-old Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) was either working out relentlessly or otherwise engaged in physical activity from the early morning until deep into evening, said Roach, a five-time Trainer of The Year.
The WBO welterweight titleholder’s workout regimen included a final sparring session with 26-year-old former WBC featherweight and WBA junior lightweight beltholder Jorge Linares (31-1, 20 KOs).
“Manny’s was a f–king machine. He started on Saturday. We ran 45 minutes up hill. Then we went to the gym. Then he boxed eight rounds with Linares, and then I did 12 rounds on the mitts with him,” said Roach, who will continue training Pacquiao at his Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood beginning today.
“And then, eventually, we finished up with the speed bag, jumped rope, and worked the double-end bag. Then he went out and he played basketball, which was the final game of basketball, and they won by 16 points … he’s not allowed to do it anymore.”
Pacquiao has an HBO Pay Per View-televised defense of his WBO welterweight belt opposite 38-year-old WBO and WBA lightweight titleholder Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) on Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao and Linares are expected to be on hand on Monday at the Wild Card, said Roach, along with WBA and IBF junior welterweight beltholder Amir Khan, (26-1, 18 KOs), WBC middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KOs) and super middleweight prospect Peter Quillin (25-0, 19 KOs).
Linares takes a streak of four wins with two consecutive knockouts into his clash with 25-year-old southpaw Antonio DeMarco (25-2-1, 18 KOs) for the WBC’s lightweight belt on Oct. 15.
The 25-year-old Quillin is scheduled to face southpaw Craig McEwan (19-1, 10 KOs) on Nov. 5. Two weeks later, the 25-year-old Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KOs) has a scheduled matchup opposite Peter Manfredo Jr. (37-6, 20 KOs) on Nov. 19.
The 24-year-old Khan then defends his belts opposite Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) on Dec. 10 at the Washington Convention Center.
KHAN LIKES TRAINING WITH PACQUIAO
“You know what? I prefer when Manny Pacquiao is in the camp. We’ve sparred, but I don’t think that we will spar for this camp, because, with him being a southpaw and everything, it’s doesn’t make sense for this fight,” said Khan, whose last two victories were over southpaws Paul McCloskey, by decision in April, and ex-IBF titleholder Zab Judah, by fifth-round knockout in July.
“But I like sparring with him. You’ve got Manny Pacquiao to run with in the morning, and it motivates me to watch him train and to train with him. I love watching him train.”
Khan said Roach works evenly between him and Pacquiao.
“Freddie makes enough time for the both of us. Freddie always makes time for me and Manny. He’ll give Manny three hours and me three hours. Manny might train early, I’ll train later,” said Khan.
“We can kind of change things around, but we both know exactly what’s going on. We never walk into the gym and have to wait for Freddie. Freddie’s a special guy who can make sure that the fighters are not waiting.”
Who is quicker?
“One thing about me is that I think I’m one of the quickest fighters in the world. I remember Freddie once told me to help Manny out to get his reactions quicker. His sparring partners are a bit slower than me. I think that I’m faster than Manny Pacquiao, but I’m not as strong or powerful,” said Khan.
“We have great training sessions and great camps together. I think that one of the things that Manny has picked up is me helping him build his reflexes, because he knows that I’m one of those guys that I might get hit once, but I come back fast.”
KHAN: FLOYD MAYWEATHER NEVER SAID ‘YES’
Although he has openly campaigned for a future bout against the unbeaten five-division titlewinner, Khan denied reports that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KOs) already has agreed to face him next year.
“Someone tweeted me about that. Whatever. That fight is in the future. It’s good to have goals and ambitions. Floyd Mayweather never said yes,” said Khan, who, like Mayweather, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
“He never said yes. I don’t think he wants to talk about boxing. I think it would be stupid for me to look past this fight with Lamont Peterson.”
Khan said “I think that it’s a bit too soon for the Mayweather fight.”
“Maybe this time next year probably, or maybe the summer time of next year. But I do definitely think that next year I want the Mayweather fight. That’s the sort of fight that is going to take me to that next level,” said Khan.
“Lamont Peterson is a very tricky fighter, and a very unorthodox fighter. He has a good, slick style that I’ll be in with. And that’s the sort of fight that will prepare me and get me closer to the Mayweather fight.”
Mayweather-Khan “would be massive in England,” said Khan.
KHAN: BEST CHIN IN BOXING?
Khan has won eight straight fights, four of them by knockout, since, himself being stopped in 54 seconds by Breidis Prescott (24-3, 19 KOs) in September of 2008.
Since that loss, Khan has vanquished three-division titlewinner Marco Antonio Barrera of Mexico, dethroned Andriy Kotelnik as WBA beltholder by unanimous decision, stopped previously unbeaten Dimitry Salita in 76 seconds, and scored an 11th-round knockout of former IBF junior welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggi.
But perhaps his biggest win was a unanimous decision in December of last year over hammer-fisted Marcos Maidana, whom he dropped in the first round before having to survive nearly being knocked in the 10th of a matchup that was voted Fight of The Year by the Boxing Writers’ Association of America.
Given his performance against Maidana, Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer, believes Khan has answered any questions regarding his chin.
“He has the heart of a lion, and in the Maidana fight, he showed just as well that he might have the best chin in the sport of boxing. He really is an all-round athlete and a first-class human being,” Schaefer said during a press conference last Thursday in Washington, D.C., promoting Khan-Peterson
“Watch and see, this young man, Amir Khan, will become, pound for pound, the best fighter in the world, no question about it. I really have zero question about that because he has the skills and tremendous power in his punch.”
ALEXANDER RISES IN WBC
Former WBC/IBF junior welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander, having climbed into the welterweight division, has been elevated into the No. 1 spot in the WBC’s rankings in the wake of Mayweather’s having dethroned former titleholder Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) by fourth-round knockout last month.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s any closer to a title shot, according to WBC Secretary General Mauricio Sulaiman.
“Alexander was No. 2, and Mayweather was No. 1, and Mayweather won the title. So Mayweather automatically goes to the championship, so the fighters all have moved up. For Alexander to compete for the world title as a mandatory, you need to have either a final elimination bout, or, a voting to name you as the specified mandatory,” said Sulaiman.
“In this case, Mayweather just won the title, and we will review the division during the WBC’s convention in December regarding the times of the mandatory. Alexander is a former champion, and he moved up in weight, and basically, he’s the No. 1 contender. But there is no obligation right or obligation yet. So he’s just rated No. 1.”
Aydin is slated for a rematch with fifth-ranked Jo Jo Dan on Nov. 19, this, after having won by split-decision over Dan on June of last year, and Jones-Lujan is slated for Dec. 3.
Alexander has said that he would like a shot at former IBF junior welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggi, who is rated No. 8 as a WBC welterweight.
NELSON MOVES TO IMPROVE
Welterweight prospect Willie Nelson (16-1, 10 KOs), who lost an eight-round majority decision to Vincent Arroyo (12-1, 7 KOs) in his last fight in April, has moved from
Cleveland to Youngstown, Ohio, where he is trained by Jack Loew.
Photo: Delane Rouse, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
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