Category Archives: Training

November 21, 2014
November 21, 2014
New Year's resolutions

Nov. 19, 2014, Macau, China --- "RE-FLEXING ON ALGIERI " -- Superstar Manny Pacquiao flexes during his final day of training on Wednesday of "Fight Week" as he prepares for his upcoming championship fight against New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris "Real Rocky" Algieri. Promoted by Top RankÆ and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. ---- Photo Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank (no other credit allowed) copyright 2014

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MANNY PACQUIAO completed a final training session on Friday (November 21) ahead of Sunday’s WBO welterweight title fight with Chris Algieri.

Pacquiao stretched, loosened up and gradually built up the speed of his shadowboxing as he bounded across the ring. He was fast on his feet, very fast, bursting forward, shifting easily forward and back, all signs of power.

Freddie Roach put on the mitts and strapped the body belt round his waist. Pacquiao worked forward, taking Roach into corners, on to the ropes. He hammered in rapid-fire shots, multiple southpaw rights whipping across before he slammed a wickedly hard back hand into the pad. Even though the weigh-in takes place tomorrow morning, there was an intensity to Pacquiao’s training here. His fists drummed against the pads and he finished with an attacking burst into the body belt.

A stint on the speedball, his blurring rhythm apparent, and Pacquiao was warming down on the gym floor, still moving, grinning at those around him. He held his arms up as he looked into the mirror and declared happily, “Victory is mine.”

Pacquiao didn’t seem to be taking it particularly easy. (He ran for 23 minutes, we’re told, in the morning on the treadmill.) He’s expected to come in beneath the 144lbs catchweight easily.

“Manny, he’s really ready, he’s hungry for the first time in a long time,” his trainer Freddy Roach said. “He needs a big win right now, he knows that, to make the world come back on his side.

“He’s really fired up. I like what I see. I don’t talk about it too much with him because I don’t want to bother him about it but I like what I see. He’s very focused. He’s very mean on the mitts. Usually when he hits me a good shot, sometimes he knows he hurts me, he’ll say sorry and stuff like this. This [camp] he stayed on me, he knocked me down one day on the mitts. For the first time in a long time he had two knockdowns with the sparring partners, which is something I haven’t seen in a while. Everything I see is very good. I like what I see. I think he’s going to bring it out in the fight.”

Freddie has been working Pacquiao the way they used to train. “Manny came up to me and he said we’ve been doing the same thing for a long time, the same workouts and so forth and he wanted to go back to the old workouts with more heavy bag, less mitts and more strength work. So I said yes it’s time to change back to that. So we used the heavy bag quite a bit this time. We did five to six to eight rounds a day on the heavy bag, just exploding on it. It helped his strength, he’s punching a lot harder I feel. His punch rate has actually gone up since then also. His punch rate actually had been slipping a little bit in his last couple of fights. So I think that he just wanted to get back to where he was when we were fighting [Lehlo] Ledwaba and those guys a long time ago because I think we were getting a little stale with each other. We’d been together a long time and it was kind of the same thing over and over again. Always good hard work, but we just wanted to change it up a little bit,” Freddie said.

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November 21, 2014
November 21, 2014
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CHINESE star Zou Shiming will appear on the Manny PacquiaoChris Algieri undercard at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Macau in China on November 23. He takes on Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym in a scheduled 12 rounder.

Watch footage of Shiming on the heavy bag here and on the pads with trainer Freddie Roach here.

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November 20, 2014
November 20, 2014
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A QUIRK of fate installed Roy Jones as Jessie Vargas’ new trainer. “God blessed me to see this dude fight about three times. Each time I watched him I would get stuck watching him by mistake. I wasn’t trying to watch him fight,” Jones said. “After the third time I saw him I said, ‘What the hell I’m going to teach Jessie to throw a hook.’ Because I want Jessie to start knocking some of these dudes out. Because he’s squeaking by every time I see him. I said, ‘Look, I love what you’re doing you’ve got to have a hell of a heart because you’ve already got your way to a world championship but I want to help you do better. I want to see some improvement.’ I wasn’t going to sugar coat it because that’s not what I do. I tell the truth to you. I said let me at least teach you how to hook, then you can go back. “

“I offered Tim Bradley the same thing. I said you’ve got no power, son. Come let me show you,” Jones added.

Vargas’ relationship with Jones developed from there. Roy has trained him for eight weeks ahead of Jessie’s WBA light-welterweight title defence against Antonio DeMarco on Sunday (November 23) on the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri undercard.

“My confidence is just like his, it’s so high. It would have to take an act of god to defeat him right now. Because his confidence is so high, his skill level is so up, his mind so right… Today watching him work I said now you look like a real fighter. And it’s the truth,” Jones said. “I’m so happy and so thrilled with the way that he’s received everything I taught him. Respect is not given, it’s earned. I did a lot of things in the ring to earn respect. But a lot of people thought that I performed off my natural talent. They didn’t know what exists up here really exists because they never talked to me.”

WATCH A CLIP OF ROY JONES TALKING ABOUT JESSIE VARGAS HERE

Vargas insists Jones’ influence will be apparent in the fight. “We invest a lot of time in the gym. Even when we’re not training sometimes, just conversing with Roy gives me so much, just getting information, how he looks at the game. We don’t even necessarily have to hit the bag but we’re just talking about the game, we could be talking about other fighters, say Bernard Hopkins, say ‘Triple G’ [Gennady Golovkin] and he’s telling me things and why and what makes them so good and what their weaknesses are, just off that I’m getting more information. I’m like a computer absorbing all this information,” Jessie said.

“This fight is going to be different. It’s going to be different because the event is so much larger, the attention that they’re giving me is so much more and I’m looking forward to it. I invested so much time, I invested all my energy into this training camp and I have a great team behind me.

“Roy Jones Jnr is a very intelligent individual. He knows how to explain things in detail. Him being a fighter himself. He won’t only explain it but he’ll show you. He’ll do the exact same thing he shows you to. Him being a teacher and was student, and still is a student too, he knows how to perfectly explain everything, detail on detail, and that’s make everything easier. Not only that but the way he looks at the game. The way he looks at the game is very different. He’s two or three steps ahead of his own opponent and that’s what I’m doing now.

“You’re going to see a difference.”

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ON Wednesday (November 19) Chris Algieri conducted his last training session before he fights Manny Pacquiao on Sunday in Macau. He completed an intense work out but looked sharp, focused and displayed quality technique.

Watch Algieri shadowboxing here and here.

Click here to watch him practise body shots on the body belt with Keith Trimble.

Here Algieri works fast combinations and click here to see more work in the ring with trainer Tim Lane.

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November 19, 2014
November 19, 2014
Manny Pacquiao

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VICTOR POSTOL, Mike Jones and Jose Ramirez have all provided Manny Pacquiao with crucial sparring ahead of his WBO welterweight title defence against Chris Algieri on Sunday (November 23).

“They’re very good sparring mates and we did a lot in training for this fight,” Pacquiao declared at Wednesday’s press conference. “You are part of this fight. You helped me a lot. So thank you for being part of this fight.

“I believe that it’s going be an exciting fight on Sunday. All I can say is it’s all set. We did our best training. My team are very happy with this training camp and also very happy because we remember and we see the battles of the old days, when I was young, and the speed and power and determination, the aggression is there, it’s back so I’m very excited for Sunday for this fight.”

WATCH PACQUIAO SPEAK AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE HERE

“Manny is in great shape,” his trainer Freddie Roach confirmed, before he turned directly to Pacquiao to simply say, “You are the best.”

In case Pacquiao was in need of any further positive reinforcement, promoter Bob Arum was effusive in his praise. “I’ve promoted some great, great fighters in the past, like Muhammad Ali, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, George Foreman. But it’s never been anything like promoting Manny Pacquiao. Because he is a young man that put a face to a people,” Arum said. “That’s something really special, because Manny Pacquiao represents the best of what it means to be a human being. I don’t have to go on about his charity work, what a heart he has but he is something special.”

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November 19, 2014
November 19, 2014
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MANNY PACQUIAO fights Chris Algieri on Sunday November 23 (Macau time) and on Wednesday afternoon the WBO welterweight champion put in a long training session at the gym Top Rank have set up in the bowels of  the Venetian hotel.

Watch Pacquiao finishing on the pads with Freddie Roach here.

Watch him loosening up in the ring here, practising his footwork.

Here he works the speedball.

And before an ab circuit to round off his session, Pacquiao skips here.

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November 18, 2014
November 18, 2014
Algieri Pacquiao

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CHRIS ALGIERI may have started out a kickboxer but he now finds himself days away from competing at boxing’s highest level, taking on Manny Pacquiao in Macau on Saturday (November 22).

Victory over Ruslan Provodnikov in June won Algieri this shot at the big time. “When Bob Arum says something, it’s a big deal,” he told Boxing News. “There were mutterings of [Pacquiao] immediately after the fight at the post-fight press conference and it was a good fight to make. It’s an interesting match-up. When the talks started more and more, I had a pretty good feeling I was going to get it.”

It’s long journey to go from kickboxing to becoming a top class prizefighter. “Boxing’s a much faster sport. There are a lot more combinations to be thrown, kicks take longer to do so you can throw more punch techniques in the time it takes to throw a kick. Plus the talent pool is just so much greater, there are so many more boxers than kickboxers. Plus there are guys who live this. Kickboxing doesn’t really pay the bills so these guys, who are fighting for millions of dollars, they can put more of their life into it. Not to say that kickboxers aren’t dedicated but it’s just a different lifestyle that a boxer can utilize for training,” the New Yorker said.

Algieri takes a scientific approach to his preparation. “I’m a nutritionist and chef. I cook all my own food and I am involved every step of the way when it comes to the structure and scheduling of our training. We sit down together as a team and we go through what the processes are going to be, what we’re going to be working on, how the strength and conditioning is going to change over camp. I monitor my own weight. In terms of making weight that’s entirely up to me. But there’s communication always with myself and my coaches,” he said. “I think our advantage consists in the team, from the team communication and the unity that we share.”

Before travelling to Macau he based himself at the Venetian in Las Vegas, a city where he regularly trains. “I’ve had my last three camps here, this is my fifth camp in total that I’ve done in Las Vegas. My trainer Tim Lane actually lives in Las Vegas. I have a trainer, Keith Trimble who’s in New York but I come out here for Tim but also there’s so many more boxers out here. California’s not far, so we can always get guys coming from there. I’m fighting in a hotel, I’m fighting in the Venetian Macau, I’m living in the Venetian Las Vegas. They’re nearly identical so it’s good for me to get comfortable,” Chris said.

Algieri believes his style will pose Pacquiao problems. “I’m not big on comparing and contrasting with other fighters because this is a rhythmn sport,” he notes. “It’s the rhythm that matters. A guy like Antonio Margarito, who’s similar to my height, he’s not a rhythmic fighter. He’s not a jabber. He doesn’t move. He doesn’t utilize head movement. He comes forward, he covers up and throws big punches. Trying to compare myself with him, it doesn’t even make sense. So I’m not one to really study and look at other fighters because those fighters aren’t me… My boxing style in general utilizes my height as part of my style. It’s nothing new there. It’s not like I really, really have to work on that part of my game because that’s just part of my game in general.

“People make lot of comments about the height, that’s just because it’s so obvious, I’m so much taller. That’s not going to be the deciding factor in this fight. The deciding factor’s going to be my mental approach and my mental preparedness going into the fight.

“I’m giving him a different look. He hasn’t fought a young, hungry, undefeated champion with the skills and athleticism that I bring to the table. I really see a lot of similarities between the young Pacquiao and myself right now. I’m on the way up, I’m already a world champion but I want bigger and better things. He was there 15 years ago. That’s just the nature of the sport and that’s just the nature of the world, it’s the cycle of life.”

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