Freddie Roach working with Manny Pacquiao inside of his Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)
By Chris Robinson
As he heads into his pivotal rematch with WBO welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley, Manny Pacquiao and his team seem content with how things have been playing out.
This past week, with stops in Los Angeles and New York, Pacquiao was able to come face to face with Bradley, the man who beat him by way of controversial split-decision in June of 2012.
And while the respect between both sides has been evident, there is also a very deep confidence that is easy to spot from all parties involved.
For Bradley this is his self-proclaimed shot at redemption while the 35-year old Pacquiao will look to build from the momentum of his comeback victory over Brandon Rios this past November in Macau, China.
For the Rios fight, Pacquiao spent a huge portion of his camp in his native General Santos City, Philippines.
This time around, however, trainer Freddie Roach will be looking to spend the final weeks working out of his Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles, Calif.
“I’m going to arrive from China after [Zou] Shiming’s fight and we’re going to spend a couple weeks in the Philippines,” Roach stated during a recent roundtable with the press.
Roach is targeting a March 1 return to Los Angeles and is confident that being locked down from nearly six weeks will be more than enough time to hone Pacquiao’s skills.
“Plenty, yes,” said Roach.
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