by Nick Giongco
LOS ANGELES – His back against the ropes, Buboy Fernandez’s left hand twitched uncontrollably for about five seconds, his whole body the recipient of thunderous punches from a man seemingly in his 20s.
Not from 40-year-old Manny Pacquiao, who is set to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight crown against Adrien Broner, 11 years his junior, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“The speed is right there,” said Fernandez, who had his baptism of fire as chief trainer last year when
Pacquiao bludgeoned Lucas Matthysse of Argentina to win the WBA 147-lb title in Malaysia.
There were a few concerns earlier that Roach would regain his old post as the lone voice in the corner but Pacquiao guaranteed Fernandez it wouldn’t be the case.
“Stay ka dyan,” Fernandez said quoting Pacquiao when he asked him about his status.
It did look like that Fernandez would be the guy who will play an active role during the fight as evidenced by their constant exchange of ideas during the mitts session.
Fernandez kept on telling Pacquiao not to forget to duck and weave past Broner as soon as he throws a combination.
Pacquiao heeded the instructions to the letter.
“I am not going to be a water boy during the fight,” said Fernandez, his face lighting up.