WBO welterweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) had his first day of sparring on Tuesday as he prepares for his May 2 welterweight world championship unification battle against undefeated WBC/WBA king Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao went five hard rounds against two different sparring partners.
“After 13 days of strength and conditioning and boxing drills at Wild Card plus weeks more of working out in the Philippines in February, it was great to finally put on the headgear and spar,” said Pacquiao. “My sparring partners gave me good work today. They were perfect for testing the strategy Freddie and I have developed to beat Floyd Mayweather . I was very happy with my stamina and speed today.”
Trainer Freddie Roach added, “Manny looked so fresh today. I’m very happy with what he showed me. You couldn’t tell he had been away from the ring since the Algieri fight in November. Manny is on fire in the gym.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., the Mayweather-Pacquiao live pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by SHOWTIME PPV and HBO Pay-Per-View.