Pacquiao preps for Vegas bout
Dateline: Los Angeles - 14 January 2019
Date: 01/15/2019 06:10 PM
Los Angeles - 14 January 2019
1. Manny Pacquiao shadow boxes during training
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Manny Pacquiao, Boxer:
"I'm excited to show my best at age of 40. This is my first fight at age of 40 so it's going to be a challenge to me."
3. Pacquiao practices footwork during training
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Manny Pacquiao, Boxer:
"Discipline is still there. Hunger to work hard, to focus on the fight, is still there."
5. Pacquiao slap boxes with trainer
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Manny Pacquiao, Boxer:
"I can still fight, two, three more years. That's what I feel right now. I'm so thankful to God for all this amazing grace, amazing good health that he's given to me."
7. Pacquiao trains with Freddie Roach
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Freddie Roach, Trainer:
"He does have the speed. He's unbelievable. His work ethic is great. His footwork is really good. He has fast hands and he still has his heart."
9. Closer shot of Pacquiao sparring with Roach
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Freddie Roach, Trainer:
"One thing about Manny, he doesn't want to fight again just to fight. He wants to be best at what he does. That's still there and that's why his work ethic's great. He's 40 but he's like 20 to me."
11. Pacquiao uses speed bag then laughs
One of the most proficient boxers in history just turned 40 last month but has no plans on hanging up his gloves.
Manny Pacquiao sat down with the Associated Press for a one-on-one interview this week while training at a Los Angeles gym before heading to Vegas for his latest fight.
Saturday he'll take on Adrien Broner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Pacquiao is favored to get his 61st career win.
He was recently reunited with his long-time trainer, Freddie Roach, who Pacquiao fired after a tough loss in 2017.
But he said he's glad to have the legendary trainer back in his corner again.
Pacquiao is the only fighter in history to become world champion in eight different weight divisions.
He won eleven world titles in a career that's spanned 24 years.
Some sportswriters speculate he may end his career after one last fight with rival Floyd Mayweather, who Pacquiao lost a controversial decision to in 2015.
But Pacquiao said he wants to focus on Saturday's fight first before he considers his next move.
When he is finally ready to retire from boxing, Pacquiao says he'll continue public service in his home country of the Philippines.
He's served as a Senator in that country since 2016.
Pacquiao wouldn't rule out some day running for President of the Philippines, where he remains extremely popular.