Pacquiao bloodies sparring mate's nose during LA training


By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

March 12, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It’s back to business for the Pacman.

Manny Pacquiao resumed training camp on Tuesday at the newly built private extension of the Wild Card Gym. It’s his first workout in the gym that coach Freddie Roach finished building about eight months ago.

“I like it. I love it. It’s very private for me to train here and no other boxer except me and my sparring partners,” said Pacquiao.

Exactly one month from Wednesday the “Fighting Congressman” will have his rematch against Timothy Bradley.

Pacquiao sparred for six rounds with two partners, leaving one partner with a bloody nose after he threw a straight right to his sparring mate’s face.

“The first day here in America was really good,” Paquiao said. “I was still jetlagged so I had to adjust a little. I’m getting there — speed and the condition. So no problem.”

After some mitt and speed bag work, Pacquiao went on to do some conditioning work with recently rehired strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune.

“Justin Fortune is back to work and he gave me a hard time for a first day,” said Pacquiao.

On Wednesday Pacquiao will not be in the gym as he is scheduled for his routine medical checkups.

Roach said earlier in the week that this is one of the best training camp starts the Pacman has had.

Despite the hard hits, the coach believes the only true way to know if the Pacman’s killer instinct is back is on fight night.

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