Manny Pacquiao, 42, returned in detail upon his return: ‘What have I been doing so far 20 years ago? It’s the same ‘| Boxing News


Nearly ten years ago, Manny Pacquiao was warned that when the time finally came to take off his gloves forever, he would be told before it was too late.

“I told him a long time ago,‘ When you’re done, I’ll tell you, ’” Freddie Roach, his coach for most of the last 20 years, told Sky Sports.

“That day hasn’t come yet. It’s not over yet.”

They say no fighter has ever defeated Father Time, but Pacquiao gives him a really tough lead. He is now 42 years old, and his fight with Yordenis Ugas on Sunday morning at 2am, live on Sky Sports, is his first in two years.

It could also be his last.

He will run for president of the Philippines, so how did the extraordinary ‘Pacman’ balance his growing career in politics by refusing to end his boxing?

This is a story.

Pacquiao returns live tonight at Sky Sports

At the Wild Card gym these days things are different, especially on Wednesdays. Years ago Pacquiao would have only gone through half a hard week, but now he is forced to take another day off.

“I’m different now because, when you’re preparing for a fight every day, it’s not enough for the body to recover overnight,” the giant tells Sky Sports.

“When I was young and I pushed my body with hard work, I could easily recover overnight. The next day I could work hard again. This time sometimes my body doesn’t react. I need rest. I have to give more time for my body to recover.

“This is the difference.”

Roach, who first met the skinny 20-year-old Pacquiao two decades ago before they became one of the biggest boxing couples, is also not the same. He has Parkinson’s disease. In 2017, he broke up with Pacquai, worried that boxing and politics would not mix. They reconciled, the two legendary veterans intertwined forever.

“It’s still my passion,” Pacquiao smiles. “I have a fire in training. I did 30-33 rounds last week.

“What have I been doing so far 20 years ago? It’s the same.”

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Watch as Pacquiao flattens Keith Thurman

Pacquiao and Roach can’t train at the same rate of hellfire as they used to. No man can do that. But two years ago, at the age of 40, Pacquaio fell and defeated previously undefeated welterweight champion Keith Thurman.

“Of course, there’s a big difference,” Roach says when asked about the younger Pacquiao who, along with his dog “Pacman,” would run lung-destroying runs through the Hollywood Hills that would force other hardened boxers to give up halfway.

“But his work ethic is still great. He still throws combinations, he has speed and power.

“He’ll do at least one or two more fights.”

Pacquiao says, “We worked hard at the training camp. The sacrifices and hard work are there every day. I am well prepared mentally, physically and spiritually.”

Pacquiao and Freddie Roach
Pacquiao and Roach are one of the most successful boxing duos
Pacquiao and Roach train at the Wild Card gym
Pacquiao and Roach briefly broke up in 2017

Ask yourself how many really great boxers in their 40s would sign up to fight the young, undefeated world champion pound by the pound? This is what Pacquiao did when he agreed to face Errol Spence Jr.

Ask again – how much would you gladly accept a right-handed replacement when Southern Spence Jr. withdrew ten days in advance?

“It’s not that hard for me,” Pacquiao says with a boyish smile on his face.

“We completely changed our strategy and technique. I worked hard for this fight, but it happened this way. So we changed completely.

“Ugas is a former bronze medalist at the Olympics. He’s a good fighter.”

Cuban Ugas will defend the WBA light heavyweight title that Pacquiao won in a previous fight but was stripped of it.

He gritted his teeth a little, “He took my belt. We’ll solve it in the ring. Winning this fight increases my legacy, my accomplishments.”

Ugas’ coach retorted, “Pacquiao hasn’t knocked anyone out in a long time. He’s been dropping people. But never KO, not for long.”

That accusation is true – in more than a decade, Pacquiao has won just one of 16 long-distance fights.

But how to accurately measure the shine of a fighter who debuted in 1995 with nine lighter weight divisions?

Raw numbers; he is the only man to ever be a champion in eight divisions, winning 62 of 71 fights including a roll call of rivals Hall of Fame.

He is the only boxer in history to have been a world champion in four different decades.

His knockout by Ricky Hatton, his sensational quartet of fights with Juan Manuel Marquez and his squandering of Oscar De La Hoya live on in his memory.

Even his seven defeats contribute to this unique surrender – Marquez scored him terribly, losing controversially on points to Jeff Horn in Australia. Pacquiao was knocked out twice before anyone heard of him. The first man to beat him, Rustico Torrecampo, became a fugitive wanted for murder whose whereabouts are unknown but the latest details around it were documented by Sky Sports last year.

But Floyd Mayweather is the yardstick by which Pacquiau can always be judged.

They built the generation according to the richest fight of all time in which Mayweather won. To some, it was proof that Mayweather had always been a better fighter. For others, it is more nuanced.

“Floyd managed to frustrate Manny. But Manny’s entire work, especially if he wins Saturday night, is thrilled with what Mayweather has achieved by picking and picking opponents,” Sean Gibbons, president of MP Promotions, told Sky Sports.

“Manny never chose. He picked some, lost some. He fought the guys in their strikes. He won the light heavyweight title at 40 years old.

“Floyd can keep his ‘50 -0’ premium. He never fought Manny at Mani’s top.

“When Manny signed the fight against Spence Jr., it just proves what kind of guy he is.”

Mayweather, 44, battled YouTube with Logan Paul at a recent exhibition. It is a stark contrast and proves that this debate will outlive any man’s career.

Mayweather defeated Pacquia in the richest fight ever
Mayweather defeated Pacquia in the richest fight ever

The journey that began for Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquia in the terrible poverty of the city of General Santos, so desperate that his father had killed and eaten a dog, could continue as President of the Philippines.

He is currently a senator, but is expected to target the elections in May 2022.

“I see Manny running for president of his country,” Roach says. “I see, in my mind,‘ Manny, President of the Philippines ’against his next opponent.

“He wants to help poor people because he was a poor child growing up. He’s doing everything he can. Will he run for president? Possible, but he’ll never tell me!”

Top-ranking promoter Bob Arum, who worked with Pacquia until 2017, joked to Sky Sports: “Freddie Roach is a great coach, but he doesn’t read newspapers!

“Pacquiao, after a fight with [Ugas], will not be available to fight Josh Taylor or anyone else as he will run for president of the Philippines! “

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The 42-year-old was in the best condition at the weigh-in

Sean Gibbons says, “People tend to be close to Manny. That’s why he’s a successful politician and we hope he becomes president.”

His political career did not pass without controversy. His views on gay rights and the death penalty have been criticized.

Pacquaio tells Sky Sports about his aspirations: “I am a politician so anything is possible. Let’s talk about politics after a fight. Sport is one side, politics is the other side that is different from sport.

“For time management and emotional management, it’s really hard to control yourself, because there are dirty tactics in politics!”

He has been a national hero since his career exploded in the U.S. in the early 2000s.

“When the fight starts, there are no crimes in the Philippines,” Gibbons says. “No one is on the streets. Everyone is in front of the TV. The ground stops, creaks, as the senator fights.”

Rain confetti on Philippine boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquia during a press conference upon his arrival in Manila, Philippines on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from Los Angeles.  Pacquiao, who lost his WBO light heavyweight title to American Timothy Bradley by a controversial split decision on June 9, 2012, arrived on Saturday to check the situation in his home province of Sarangani in the southern Philippines after floods hit thousands of residents.  (AP Photo / Bullit Marquez)
Pacquiao is a national hero
Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao waves as confetti falls during a hero’s welcome in Makati Financial District, south of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, November 27, 2014. Pacquiao recently defeated Chris Algieri of the United States and won the WBO light heavyweight title.  (AP Photo / Aaron Favila)
Pacquiao is expected to run for president

Sky Sports has heard wild stories about Pacquia’s 30th birthday party, a noisy night in a modern Los Angeles hotspot where a jet of tequila flowed.

It was a completely different time in his life. But now?

“He’s calmer and calmer. There’s a God in life,” Gibbons explains.

“There are 100 things going on, but he can focus. Why? Because he has God again. That’s where his power comes from.”

Pacquiao briefly lost faith, but rediscovered it before it was too late.

“When you go from nothing to everything, the temptations are hard. He went through a period of drinking and gambling, but in 2013 he fell to his knees and asked God to help him.

“He didn’t know if he wanted to end his own life. God brought him back.

“If he hadn’t returned to God, it could have been a very ugly ending.”

His generosity in the Philippines is legendary. People will pile on his gym door in hopes of giving him money. His poor upbringing and shards of destruction make Pacquia empathetic and relative, which expands his legend.

“This will be his greatest achievement – helping the people of the Philippines,” Gibbons said. “He touched so many people along the way. He gave so much money, helped build houses.

“What did Mayweather do after boxing? De La Hoya? This guy wants to run the country and help people around the world.

“Helping people and changing lives is what it’s all about.”

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Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugas had their last clash before the fight for the world title

Roach is in a bullish mood in this fight. He claims Pacquiao flattered sparring partners in preparation for Ugas.

“I heard that,” Maurice Lee, one of his hired helpers, told Sky Sports. “The guys called me to ask,‘ Did he leave you? “I said no.

“But he still rejected the other guys. Those rumors are true.

“He looked phenomenal. I was surprised by his speed, angles and how elusive he was. I couldn’t measure him.

“He was moving like he was 28 and he was at his peak.”

The Roach Hall of Fame coach is a Boston Red Sox fan. He stated that Ted Williams scored a goal in his last game, also at the age of 42.

“I’m happy to have achieved in boxing,” Pacquiao smiles. “I’m passionate. I still love boxing, that’s why I’m still here. I’m still fighting.

“I’m on top so a lot of fighters want to fight me. It gives me encouragement and inspiration.”

Gibbons says of Pacquiau: “It’s calming down. Let’s hope Saturday isn’t the final and he’ll have time for another one. But this is the end of an era. He’s been doing it for 26 years.

“It’s sad to see your sports hero end up. But Manny? He’s just starting.”

Watch Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas, Sunday morning from 2 a.m., live on Sky Sports.

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