Kobe trainer wants to help Pacquiao
MANILA, Philippines – Tim Grover, a highly respected trainer who has worked with many NBA stars, wants to help Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao regain the form the made him the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
Grover owns Attack Athletics, a state-of-the-art training facility in Chicago where NBA stars including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade have trained.
In an interview with Joaquin Henson of The Philippine Star, Grover said he would like to work with Pacquiao as he believes he can help the boxer.
“I have some ideas on how I might be able to help Manny,” he said. “If Manny wants, I could go through (trainer) Freddie (Roach) or (strength and conditioning trainer) Alex (Ariza), or both.”
“My intention is not to interfere with any conditioning program Manny is now doing. I’m not looking to displace anyone. I’m not after a ringside seat or a place in Manny’s corner. All I want to do is to enhance Manny’s performance by working within his system,” he explained.
Grover told Henson that he wrote a letter to Pacquiao informing the boxer that he can be “available to talk or meet with you or your team at your convenience.”
“I’m ready to propose a program for Manny and if he and his team like it, we can go ahead,” Grover said.
Grover is confident that he can help Pacquiao, who is mired in a two-fight losing streak that includes a stunning knockout loss to Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
“I’m putting my reputation on the line,” he told Henson. “I saw how Marquez put on a lot of muscle mass without gaining too much weight. You can do that with a training program.”
“But I can guarantee that I can make Manny 10 times better than Marquez in terms of conditioning,” Grover said.
After Pacquiao’s loss to Marquez, Ariza revealed that the boxer had virtually abandoned his strength and conditioning program in favor of sparring and boxing, and he believes this had something to do with his loss.
In contrast, Marquez was dedicated to his own strength and conditioning program and entered the ring looking noticeably bulkier and more muscular.
“It’s possible to do that without resorting to performance-enhancing drugs,” Grover said of Marquez’s improved physique. “All I can say is if Marquez was able to boost his power with training, I can do that 10 times better with Manny.”
“My concept is to fit into whatever program Manny is now doing with Freddie and Alex. I can work with anyone in his team,” he added.
Grover’s top client, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, is aware that he has reached out to Pacquiao.
“Kobe’s a huge Manny fan and I wouldn’t be reaching out to Manny if Kobe didn’t know it.... I’m reaching out to only Manny, nobody else, because like Kobe, I want Manny to come back and be successful,” Grover said.
“This is just for his next fight. It’s not as if I’ll be working with Manny nine months in a year. I’m sure we can work out a schedule that will be beneficial to both of us without cutting corners,” he said.
If Pacquiao agrees to work with Grover, he would be the first boxer to train with the Attack Athletics guru. Aside from Bryant, Jordan and Wade, Grover also works with NBA legends Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen, Lakers center Dwight Howard and football player Donovan McNabb.