“Buboy [Fernandez] will be there, I will fly to General Santos on October 6. We have six weeks together,” Roach told PhilBoxing’s Dong Secuya.
In his past boxing matches, the sport’s only eight-division world champion typically spent eight weeks of training with his longtime mentor.
As a multi-awarded cornerman, Roach has other commitments, which include Cotto’s build-up for his ring return versus his 33-year-old foe from Dominican Republic.
The hall of fame boxing coach will also be in Zou Shiming‘s corner when the Chinese Olympic star takes on Mexico’s Jesus Ortega this Saturday night at the Venetian Hotel‘s CotaiArena for Zou’s second professional outing.
Pacquiao, who keeps himself in shape by playing basketball, is expected to spend the first two weeks of his training on conditioning. Most of his gym work will be spent in his hometown before he heads to Macau.
On the other hand, the fighting congressman is set to embark on a seven-city promotional tour to hype up his fight date with Rios on November 24.
According to Top Rank, the media stop begins tomorrow in Asia’s gambling capital where Pacquiao meets his hard-hitting opponent in front of Chinese fight fans.
The kickoff coincides with Top Rank’s Fist of Gold II card, which features the headlining bout between Zou and Eleazar Valenzuela, and the championship showdown involving WBO/WBA flyweight titlist Juan Francisco Estrada and Filipino rising star Milan Melindo.
After Macau, Pacquiao and Rios will be heading to Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore before meeting the US-based media at the headquarters of ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. The tour will be wrapped up with stops in New York and Los Angeles.
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