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Pacman in top form–Roach

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WITH May 3 fast approaching, Wild Card Gym owner and coach Freddie Roach finally came out with the assurance that every Filipino had been waiting for: Manny Pacquiao is in tip-top shape.

“He is in top condition. Manny is a freak,” Hall of Fame trainer Roach declared a little over three weeks ahead of his ward’s super fight with undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“He runs, and his condition…we don’t have to worry about that. He’ll never lose a fight because he’s too tired. It just doesn’t happen. It’s impossible,” the Eddie Futch-mentored coach and former boxer said.

It was only a couple of weeks ago when news of Pacquiao’s recurring battle with leg cramps surfaced, causing concern among his fans.

The situation was reportedly serious enough for Roach to bring in dedicated doctors to address the cramps as well as use a $1,800-bottle anti-inflammatory cream on the eight-division champ.

Topping all this was strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune’s subtle scolding of “Pacman” before media days later when the Filipino ring hero decided to skip a day of training run.

Since then, Pacquiao, who turns 37 later this year, has regularly posted videos of him hitting the streets for a run. If indeed all is well within training camp then fans have nothing to worry about. (Randy K. Ortega)