Trainer Freddie Roach is talking his usual pre-Pacquiao fight game, promising a return to form for the 35-year-old Filipino superstar as he hits his final weeks of training camp leading up to his April 12 rematch with Timothy Bradley on HBO pay-per-view:
"Manny started the week a little slow due to jetlag but finished off strong on Saturday. He was just brilliant in his sparring on Saturday. His footwork was effortless, his hand speed was blazing and his power is as good as it's ever been.
"We are training for big game in this fight. Manny knows he is going to have to hunt Bradley down and close the show this time. The first fight with Bradley was so easy for Manny that after six rounds he just took it easy on him. Not this time. Our Mantra is ‘Close the show. No mercy.' You don't have don't have to be a groundhog to know that Bradley's days as welterweight champ are numbered. It's Last Call for Bradley on April 12.
"Manny is really motivated for this fight. We decided no matter how many fights we have remaining, we are determined to run the table and win every one. And when it is over it is going to be as world champion. And that can only happen with a total and absolute victory over Bradley.
"Bradley says he fought Manny last time with two bad feet. I don't remember him coming into the ring in a wheelchair. He hurt his feet when Manny connected his power punches on him. Manny hit Bradley so hard it broke his ankles.
"For Bradley to say ‘Manny doesn't have the hunger anymore and it's never coming back' and ‘Manny no longer has his killer instinct,' that tells me that Bradley is still suffering from the concussion Provodnikov laid on him."