Manny Pacquiao Media Day
Senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao,boxing's only eight-division world champion,hosted a media day at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California as he prepares for his next fight versus Adrien Broner taking place next Saturday January 19 at the MGM Grand Garden live on Showtime PPV. Pacquiao worked along with co-trainer Buboy Fernandez and longtime trainer Freddie Roach, Pacquiao spoke to media and worked out for the cameras.
"My journey in this sport is still continuing. I've accomplished everything I've wanted to, but I also want to continue to keep my name at the top. Even at 40-years-old, I can still show the best of Manny Pacquiao. I'm going to give the fans the speed and power that they're used to seeing.
"I'm sure that Broner is focused on this fight. They are working hard and I expect him to be in great condition. We know how his trainer pushes him and has been pushing him in their training camp.
"I'm not taking this fight lightly. I don't listen to any gossip about Adrien Broner, I just focus on my training. I want to be in 100 percent condition and ready for the fight on January 19.
"Adrien Broner is fast with his hands and he's overall a good boxer. This is a big challenge that I'm excited for.
"Me, Freddie and Buboy know each other well and we have a great coaching staff right now. I'm happy with how everything has gone in training for this fight.
"Rest and recovery is definitely a key part of training. Sometimes when I work hard in the gym, my body can't fully recover by the next day, so I've had to work more rest into the schedule. But as soon as I can, I'm back in the gym working hard.
"On January 19 I'm going to do my best. I can't say a prediction, but I'm going to do the same thing I did for my last fight. My trainers know how hard I've worked in this camp for this win.
"My plan is to take it one fight at a time. I can't talk about future fights until I do what I have to on January 19. You can ask me again after this one.
"This fight means a lot. It's my first fight at the age of 40 so I'm excited to give my best and show the world what I can still do. Boxing is my passion, and public service is my mission. I love to bring honor to my country."
BUBOY FERNANDEZ, Pacquiao's Co-Trainer
"I think it's going to be a knockout. If Broner opens the door, we're going to get it early. I've seen from previous fights that he's a slow starter. So we need to get inside and go first.
"We know that Broner is a good counter-puncher with a strong right uppercut. Broner is a real fighter and a smart fighter in the ring.
"I'm happy that Manny has shown that he moves as well as ever, even at 40-years-old. He's learning even more now. I told the team that I think he's already prepared for this fight.
"We just want him to maintain this shape and energy level. Manny is 110 percent ready. I don't think there's a fighter who can keep up with what Manny brings."
FREDDIE ROACH, Pacquiao's Co-Trainer
"I can't wait for this fight. Camp has been great and he's been training very well. Everything is back to normal and he's looked amazing.
"Manny and I have been together 15 years, so I had no reason to ever be mad at Manny. Everything has worked out really well and we're working together as a team right now.
"I'm working on the game plan for how to fight Broner. He's a counter puncher who doesn't like to come forward too much. Manny will have to be the aggressor in this fight and use his feints to trap this guy into making it more of a fight.
"I feel we're going to see an aggressive Manny Pacquiao. There's a rumor that Manny has been telling people he's looking for a knockout. I love that attitude. I think his knockout of Lucas Matthysse was so satisfying and he saw that that's what the fans really want. I think that's going to carry over to this fight.
"Pacquiao and I have a deal. Once his work ethic drops, I'm going to tell him and he's agreed he'll retire. His work ethic is unbelievable right now. He hasn't slowed down at all. He hit me with a shot in the chest two or three days ago, and I've never been hit harder in my life."