Eight division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao says age will not be factor when he faces World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Timothy Bradley in a trilogy fight on April 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao turned 37 last month, he will enter the ring with a near one-year layoff and he’s coming back from a surgery on his right shoulder. The injury was suffered during last May’s twelve round decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The Filipino star lost a controversial twelve round split decision to Bradley in 2012 and won a dominant decision in the 2014 rematch.
“I’m still young and I feel strong. We will train hard for this fight so we can handle whatever our opponent may bring to the table,” Pacquiao said in an interview with Philboxing.com.
Pacquiao told the outlet that his training camp is likely going to start on first week of February. There will be a press tour to promote the event in the coming weeks.
There is some debate over how the training camp will be handled. Pacquiao wants to train in the Philippines for the first four weeks then spend the remaining four weeks in the United States at trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California.
Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz is hoping to persuade his boxer to spend the entire training camp in the United States.
He fears the boxer’s political career, and the upcoming elections in May, will create way too many distractions.
“February is already the start of electoral campaign in the Philippines and we expect so many distractions if he trains here. We could hardly prevent his supporters and political allies from disturbing him since he is also a politician. So, I suggest let’s hold the entire training camp in the US. That’s, to my mind, is the best thing to do,” Koncz said.