Manny Pacquiao Details the Difficulties of Training for a Fight at 42

Published 07/12/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES – MARCH 04: Manny Pacquiao takes part in a training session on March 4, 2014 in General Santos, Philippines. Pacquiao will fight for WBO welterweight championship rematch against Timothy Bradley on April 12, 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)


After beating several adversaries in his career, 42-year-old Manny Pacquiao will look to do the same against the undefeated Errol Spence Jr. for the WBC, IBF, and Ring welterweight titles on August 21. Despite the 8-division champion returning after a two-year lay-off, he still has many believers on his side.

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However, the limitations of human age and body have showcased a few transformations in Manny Pacquiao’s training regime. He still has the power, the pace, and the sensational footwork, but Pacquiao now needs more time to recover. Hence, his training sessions have changed from what they used to be several years back.

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Ahead of his return, Pacquiao said, “It’s different than before that what I did before because when you are young. When you push yourself in a day training, you can recover it overnight, but when you like this age [42], you need your body at time to recover.”

“You cannot push, push, push like when you push this day and tomorrow light train, not too heavy and the next day you can push again. Like that but before when I was young, every day pushing-pushing to the limit.”

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The WBC/IBF champion, Errol Spence Jr. (31), is seemingly at the peak of his career. The unbeaten American boxer is arguably the best welterweight of the era since we haven’t seen ‘Bud’ collide with him’ yet. Hence, the upcoming bout will be a massive step up for Manny Pacquiao, who has nothing left to prove in the sport of boxing.

Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr.- Once in a lifetime

The nearing world welterweight title fight will bring two legendary boxers from different eras against each other- quite a rare scenario in the sport. Meanwhile, it might possibly be Manny Pacquiao’s last fight. Although there is no official statement about this, the upcoming fight can serve as a brutal reality check for the eight-division champion.

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It’s commendable that ‘Pac-Man’ is still opting to face the best fighters from the roster. However, he will have to develop his game constantly to continue receiving the heat from the youngsters. That said, Errol Spence Jr. can also look forward to having the biggest legacy fight in his career. A win here will make him arguably the greatest active welterweight as ‘Pac-Man’ will be part of his list of victims.

Considering Pacquiao’s comments regarding training, his fans can be rest assured that he will do everything to secure his sixty-third win.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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