Sentimental Team Pacquiao wraps up Wild Card training

LOS ANGELES – For 15 years, the Wild Card gym was Manny Pacquiao’s workspace for every fight he had in the States. The fighting pride of the Philippines would spend weeks of punches and game plans with hall of fame trainer Freddie Roach.

If the retirement does push through, Manny’s final moments inside the gym was capped off with a group prayer.

“Wild Card will be missed after this,” said Pacquiao. “We enjoyed training camp so that’s the first time we prayed after the training. We prayed together.”

Roach said he’s hoping it’s not the last despite Pacquiao telling him it is.

“Maybe I should have to realize it some day but the truth is, I’ll miss him,” said Roach. “It’s the best part of my life in Manny Pacquiao.”

The Pacman admitted to reporters that when he first entered the gym, he had no idea that it would lead to a historic hall of fame boxing career.

“Way back 15 years ago, I never expected to reach all that I have reached,” said Pacquiao. “I am happy with the Lord’s blessings for us, the happiest in my life. God is with me.”

With the Philippine elections around the corner, the fighting congressman and senatorial candidate urged his kababayans to forget about politics for one last week and to just focus on his fight against Timothy Bradley, which both teams said they’re ready for.

“Let us all unite and talk for the pride of our country,” he said. “This is not just for me, this is for all of us Filipinos to be respected by other countries.

Shortly after the workout Pacquiao left for the traditional fight week road trip to Las Vegas, but not without greeting and signing for the loyal fans who’ve also stood outside the gym every camp, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Filipino ring icon.

Whether or not this is truly the last time Manny Pacquiao walks out the Wild Card gym as a fighter, one thing is certain–no matter what happens on April 9, coach Freddie Roach said Manny Pacquiao is the best thing that ever happened to this boxing club.

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    6 April 2016 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Yes Manny, how fast 15 years came and now you planning to retire, boy I saw you at your first boxing fight and you look like another boxer from the Philippines I was wondering look at this kid with red and black hair going box for the first time and was thinking this young kid going to get his ass kick, but no this kid could box and he was fast. Yes Manny I have enjoy always seeing you in the boxing ring. Oh forgot to tell you all that Manny won the the first boxing fight and after won 8 titles boxing fights, yes you will always be the ” ONE OF THE BEST THAT EVER STEP INTO THE BOXING RING.” Good Luck My Friend. May God Be With You and Your Family Forever. Have a very happy retirement.