With the fight of the century only four weeks away, there are rumours spreading about Manny Pacquiao suffering leg cramps, whispers of Floyd Mayweather getting knocked out, and Amir Khan clinging to these fighters’ coattails any way he can.
Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, opened up about minor shin splints from the start of camp, but doctors have been called and scans showed everything was fine.
Furthermore, hill runs through Griffith Park in Los Angeles, 1,300 sit ups and training 30 rounds means no-one is questioning Manny’s legs.
The team has agreed to now shut the gym from media to pursue private training. Manny acknowledged the importance of the fight and stated he wanted to improve his focus on Mayweather.
Meanwhile, in Mayweather’s gym, Zab Judah has been denying claims he knocked Floyd out during a sparring session.
This might sound like a tune you’ve heard before, in the lead-up to Floyd’s fight against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, only this time there are no YouTube clips to support the claims.
With such hype around this fight and prize fighters continuously looking for their own big pay days, it’s no surprise that Amir Khan is still hanging around.
After giving Floyd a five-day deadline earlier in the year to fight him and then threatening to take Manny in his place, Khan has been left without an opponent.
Strong stalwarts and prospects with equal or better resumes than Amir have openly stated they would happily fight him. However, Khan has avoided all takers and this week denied he even talked about them. He was apparently open to a fight with Pacquiao’s last victim, Chris Algieri, but Showtime rejected it.
Amir is weighing in on the fight, stating Floyd will win easily. Having trained with Manny at Wild Card gym, Amir thinks Pacquiao has lost a lot of his power and speed over the years.
Regardless of the result, Khan is expecting to fight the winner in Vegas. Only then will he consider someone like Kell Brook for a UK showdown.
Having seen him training, Pacquiao is looking extremely fast so I wouldn’t put too much faith in Khan’s words. However Mayweather is a master technician and looking fitter than he has since his 20s.
The streak continues. Israel Adesanya was at his devastating best at UFC 253, putting on a masterclass to obliterate Paulo Costa with a second-round KO. Adesanya’s easy win sees him retain the middleweight title, and has already been hailed as one of the best performances in the octagon ever.
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