By Tim Nielson: With more than two months still left to go before the May 2nd fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr, Pacquiao, 36, wants to avoid overtraining for the fight. He’s worked for two weeks already and he sees himself as being at 50 percent of where he needs to be for the fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao doesn’t want to peak too soon, and he’s making sure that he paces himself so that he doesn’t wind up leaving his fight in training camp before he gets to the Mayweather bout.
“I should stop. Our journey is still far away,” Pacquiao said via sports.inquirer.net. “I’m not even at 50 percent yet.”
That would be a terrible tragedy if Pacquiao were to over-train for the Mayweather fight after having waiting for the fight for the past six years. Pacquiao has been eager to get the fight with the Money Man since 2009, and now that it’s finally here, Pacquiao is putting himself at risk of overdoing it in training camp.
Mayweather and Pacquiao attempted to put a fight together back in 2009, but the fight fell through after Pacquiao failed to agree fully to the random blood testing for performance enhancing drugs that Mayweather wanted for the fight.
The two fighters were extremely close to setting up the fight, but Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum decided to go in another direction rather than sticking out the negotiations and agreeing to the random blood testing that Mayweather wanted. However, they gained nothing from failing to sign the contract, because Pacquiao is taking the full random blood tests in order to face Mayweather on May 2nd. Pacquiao lost six years and a 50-50 purse split by failing to agree to the random testing that Mayweather wanted.
Pacquiao’s assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez is the guy who is currently training Pacquiao while his fulltime trainer Freddie Roach is away in Macau, China training Zou Shiming for his title fight. Buboy has mainly been helping Pacquiao train by working the mitts with him, and holding him down while he does sit-ups.
“It really hurts,” said Fernandez about his hands from having worked a mitt session with Pacquiao.