Manny Pacquiao is really ready for his last Matchup on Saturday, the night Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas? Pac Man's trainer Freddie Roach, who is known for his honest assessment of its preparations for war, "said Manny's training for his fight in November last year against Antonio Margarito was terrible," the worst training camp at their 10 years together, "according to Dan Rafael.
“[Roach] said Pacquiao was unfocused and quite distracted in the five weeks they spent in camp … in Pacquiao's native Philippines. Pacquiao was newly elected to Congress there and was dealing with his political duties while preparing for the bout. He was flat in some sparring sessions, even drawing the ire of his promoter, Top Rank's Bob Arum, who had gone to visit camp for a week.”
And we all know how that game ended.
This time, however, Manny has a lot of fire, which suggests Rafael, could be bad news for Mosley.
"I think this is the best training camp we've ever had," Roach said in a press conference Wednesday, "and I think Manny is at his best. He knows he should be. We face a particular type is highly qualified and experienced.
"I'm very proud of Manny and training camp, he went through," said Roach. "He said at the outset that this was a hard fight, and has trained his ass off right from the start."
If Roach remained faithful to its traditional honest assessments of his trainees Pacquiao should be in shape to impress on Saturday night.