Just one week before the anticipated rematch of Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao looks very good and ready to go.
Manny Pacquiao came out of the Wild Card Gym Saturday looking like a kid who had just ransacked a candy store.
“Handang-handa na talaga,” a beaming Manny Pacquiao told a group of Filipino writers a week before he faces Juan Manuel Marquez next week in Las Vegas.
Manny Pacquiao engaged in a six-round sparring session and pleased trainer Freddie Roach, who labeled his No. 1 fighter as “explosive.”
Roach said Pacquiao will spar for about four rounds on Monday just before Team Pacquiao heads to Las Vegas.
Manny Pacquiao and Roach are gunning for a knockout to silence everyone who have started to doubt Pacquiao’s motivation and level of competence.
“He’s ready to go,” said Roach.
Manny Pacquiao said the final days will be devoted mainly on maintaining his current physical condition and Roach is optimistic that everything will turn out right come fight night.
“I am looking for a knockout but if it comes to a decision, I’d like it to to be a clear win for Manny. A close fight will be dangerous,” said Roach.
Manny Pacquiao, who turns 34 on Dec. 17, holds two close wins over the 39-year-old Marquez. Their first fight end on a draw in 2004.
Team Pacquiao travels to Sin City on Monday.
The formal arrival rites will be held at the main lobby of the MGM Grand, while the official and final press conference will be on Wednesday. The weighin will be on Friday.