Fortune says Pacquiao at 80 percent; sparring mate impressed

Published July 11, 2021, 6:27 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Manny Pacquiao is already at 80 percent form ahead of his mega-bout against unified WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Aug. 21.

Manny Pacquiao (Photo from Manny Pacquiao’s Facebook page)

That is at least coming from Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune.

“He’s already at 80 percent. He’s rested so that’s good. Now, he’s started training properly,” Fortune told ESNews.

Pacquiao kicked off his US training camp under the guidance of long-time mentor Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club on July 5.

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The eight-division world boxing champion has already sparred with the likes of welterweight southpaws Alexis Rocha, 24, and Maurice Lee, 29.

An impressed Rocha said Pacquiao is the best representation that “age is just a number.”

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After sparring, Rocha felt that Pacquiao, who’s actually 42, is as young as a 27-year-old boxer.

“It was a phenomenal experience, great learning experience just to be with a legend like Manny Pacquiao himself,” said the American youngster. “Any fighter, you can like adapt a little bit for you to get that sense that they’re gonna throw this punch, but Manny Pacquiao just throws a barrage of punches from different angles.

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“You know how he bounces that little step, it’s very hard to time him. It’s up there. He definitely has heavy hands, his power and footwork and speedy — crazy,” added Rocha, who holds a 17-1 record.

Pacquiao (62-7-2 record, 39 knockouts) has six weeks left to prepare against Spence, who will fight for his WBC and IBF titles along with the vacant The Ring belt.

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The Filipino fighting senator has not fought since beating Keith Thurman in July 2019 while the 31-year-old Spence is undefeated at 27 matches on top of 21 KOs.