Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach told InterAKTV on Thursday (Wednesday in the US) that Manny Pacquiao is right on target and “is about 70 percent” for his December 8 fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“He’s getting there,” Roach said from the Wild Card Boxing Club in an interview facilitated by noted publicist Fred Sternburg.
Manny Pacquiao did not spar but worked the mitts and did just about everything needed, noted Sternburg.
“Freddie’s happy,” said Sternburg.
Roach said a new batch of sparmates are arriving to reinforce the current crop as the number of rounds is expected to increase this week.
Still, Roach, working on his 12th year as the Filipino’s trainer, said he will limit the number of sparring rounds to allow Manny Pacquiao to save on his energy.
In the past, Roach allowed Manny Pacquiao to spar close to 150 rounds while preparing for a big fight.
But Roach has realized that at almost 34 years old, Manny Pacquiao no longer needs to spar heavily.
Manny Pacquiao is a 4-1 favorite to whip Marquez although some ringsiders are of the belief that the Mexican will finally score a win after losing twice and drawing once with Pacquiao.
Manny Pacquiao hasn’t been as impressive and deadly the past couple of years as in the past, but is eager to regain his knockout form and post a stoppage win for the first time since Nov. 2009 when he halted Miguel Cotto in the 12th round.
Since then, Manny Pacquiao has struggled to score a knockout, needing 12 full rounds to beat Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley and Marquez.
Manny Pacquiao lost to Tim Bradley in his last outing last June.