The following is the final round of training camp notes for Manny Pacquiao in advance of his April 12 rematch with WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley, who dethroned Pacquiao by split decision in June 2012.
The notes were taken from a press release distributed by HBO on behalf of Top Rank Inc. in advance of Bradley-Pacquiao II, which will be shown on HBO Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
During two fights over the course of 2012, Pacquiao lost to Bradley before falling by sixth-round knockout in December of that year to Juan Manuel Marquez, against whom Pacquiao is 2-1-1. Pacquiao won his most recent fight last November by unanimous decision over Brandon Rios.
In his past two fights, Bradley rose from a 12th-round knockdown to unanimously decision Ruslan Provodnikov in March 2013 and then won a split-decision over Marquez in October.
The WBO has declared that the winner of Bradley-Pacquiao II must face that between Marquez and Mike Alvarado, who will fight on May 17.
Question for Pacquiao: Training with Freddie Roach, can you describe a typical day in and out of the gym and your relationship with Freddie, dining together, watching film together, etc.?
Pacquiao: I train Monday through Saturday every week of training camp. It is a strict schedule that allows my body to rest between morning and afternoon sessions, so that I can perform my training at my best. Everything is geared to one goal, peaking physically and mentally on April 12, fight day.
At sunrise, I usually head over to one of three areas that I rotate and run several miles. I no longer run hills every day and that has eliminated the leg cramps I had suffered from, beginning with my fight with Shane Mosley in 2011.
After my run, Justin Fortune, who is my strength-and-conditioning coach, runs me though a series of drills that are designed to improve my speed and agility. By 8 a.m., I return home for breakfast with my camp and then a take a nap.
I usually arrive at Wild Card Boxing Club at 1 p.m. for a three-hour session with Freddie. Sparring takes place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays while I work the mitts with Freddie every day.
Then it's a circuit on the double-end bag, the heavy bag, the speed bag, jumping rope and hundreds of situps. The session ends with strength drills with Justin. It's during the afternoon session that Freddie and I interact and discuss, design and execute our strategy for defeating Tim Bradley.
We know what we have to do to beat him. After training, we go to a Thai restaurant near the gym for lunch and then head back home where I relax, play chess with my friends or watch a movie at home, followed by dinner.
After dinner, I read the Bible or discuss it with my friends and I'm usually in bed by 10 p.m. Freddie has been a father, a brother and a best friend since the day we met. I cannot overstate his importance to me and how much he has impacted my life.
I am a better person for having Freddie in my life. We are a team. In the gym, I call him "Master Freddie." He is the boss and he is the teacher.
And even though we do not spend as much time together as we used to, we will always have a special bond that will remain strong for the rest of our lives.