Ariza impressed by 'sharp, focused' Pacquiao
MANILA, Philippines – Strength and conditioning trainer Alex Ariza was pleased with what he saw in Filipino fight king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, who is training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles for his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8.
Speaking with Ronnie Nathanielsz of PhilBoxing, Ariza said Pacquiao is looking “very impressive” in his second week of training camp at the Wild Card.
“It went really good,” Ariza said. “(Pacquiao looked) very sharp, with a lot of good movements,” Ariza added.
“He didn’t take any breaks, throwing punches, lots of volume punches and was pretty sharp,” he said.
Pacquiao has repeatedly said that he is focused on his training camp this time, as he wants to finally win decisively against Marquez, his greatest rival.
Pacquiao has beaten Marquez twice, though both victories were considered controversial. They battled to a draw in their first meeting in 2004.
Ariza said Pacquiao is keeping true to his word, as the boxer was “sticking to his game-plan” in training camp.
“He looked good, he looked strong, he looked focused,” Ariza said.
“It’s been a while since I’ve seen Manny like that. I looked at his physical body, the way he’s holding his weight and he looks physically good right now,” he added.
Ariza warns, however, that this is only the second week of camp for the “Pacman.”
“If he sticks to the little things that he plans on doing in the next couple of weeks, then we should see some big, big changes,” he said.