By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao is putting the finishing touches on the first part of his training camp in the Generals Santos City Wildcard Gym in the Philippines. Pacquiao will be leaving next week on March 12 to travel to the United States to wrap up the second part of his training camp at the Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles, California.
Pacquiao is getting ready for his April 9 fight against Tim Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Pacquiao-Bradley fight, which will be the third fight between the two fighters, will be televised on HBO pay-per-view for the fans that are willing to purchase it at the $70 asking price.
The interest in the Pacqiao-Bradley 3 fight is lukewarm at best. Fans don’t understand why Pacquiao’s 84-year-old promoter Bob Arum made this third installment in their series rather than having Pacquiao fight some new blood like Terence Crawford, Amir Khan or Adrien Broner. Any one of those three fighters would have likely attracted much more interest than in a third fight.
Pacquiao’s longtime trainer Freddie Roach will be flying on Saturday to head to his Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles. Roach will be bringing Pacquiao’s tw sparring partners Ghislain Maduma and Lydell Rhodes. Pacquiao’s helper Buboy Fernandez will also be making the trip. It’s quite possible that Roach will add another sparring partner once he’s in Los Angeles. His Wildcard gym is a magnet for different fighters that like to come out. It shouldn’t be a problem for Roach to find someone else to throw in the ring for Pacquiao to train.
Pacquiao is supposed to be retiring after his April 9 fight against Bradley. Of course, he could always change his mind for whatever reason. Arum is counting on Pacquiao choosing to continue his career after this fight. He would like to match Pacquiao against Crawford, because the American fighter needs a big name like Pacquiao to turn him into a star.