by Nick Giongco
LOS ANGELES — Manny Pacquiao could not help but marvel at himself on Thursday while training at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.
“Muy rapido (Very fast),” Pacquiao said in Spanish less than 10 days before his clash with Adrien Broner on Jan. 19 in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao had just unleashed a combination during his shadowboxing routine when he decided to stop and heed the call of his corner for a break.
Led by chief cornerman Buboy Fernandez, Hall of Famer Freddie Roach and strength coach Justin Fortune, Pacquiao’s team agreed it was time to stop and relax.
Pacquiao actually wanted to extend his workout but was eventually persuaded to apply the brakes as was escorted back to his dressing room.
With three more days left of training here in Southern California before the 300-mile road trip to Las Vegas on Monday afternoon, there appears to be nothing more that has been left untouched.
Pacquiao is craving to score another knockout after seeing Lucas Matthysse crumble in their encounter last year in Kuala Lumpur.
Roach believes Pacquiao will get his wish.
“He’ll break him down,” said Roach.