Pacquiao to cut back on sparring for Rios fight
Roach won’t hesitate to say if it’s time to call it quits
MANILA – Boxing trainer Freddie Roach said he plans to reduce Manny Pacquiao’s sparring sessions a bit so the Filipino fighter won’t suffer from overtraining ahead of his comeback fight against Brandon Rios.
Roach said in an interview with Fight Hub that they will slash Pacquiao’s sessions by at least 40 rounds.
“Normally we go to about 150 rounds average, I think we have to cut a little bit from that,” said the boxing coach. “I think we will go 110 [rounds].”
Roach said they will be allotting six weeks for training camp, which would likely take place in Pacquiao’s hometown of General Santos City.
The trainer is taking precautions considering the Filipino fighter was knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
“I think when we train Manny it won't be too long, 'cause he gets in shape pretty fast and I don't want to burn him out. So we'll have a 6-week training camp,” said Roach.
He said that if he senses something amiss at camp, he’ll sit down with Pacquiao and talk about the boxer’s retirement.
“The thing is, if I see him slip in training camp then I'll tell him it's over. But until we get there we don't know,” said Roach.
“My number one priority is to take care of my fighter no matter what. That means in the gym or in the fight.”