For the fight against Spence, Pacquiao resurrects a ten-year-old training regimen.

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For the fight against Spence, Pacquiao resurrects a ten-year-old training regimen.

While still in training camp, Manny Pacquiao has already turned back the clock.

Pacquiao isn’t taking his impending bout against Errol Spence Jr. lightly, despite dealing with a slew of challenges both inside and beyond the ring.

In fact, the world’s only eight-division champion has reintroduced a unique strengthening regimen from his prime days into his current workout–the “stick-hitting.”

  • Manny Pacquiao has been doing the stick-hitting routine once again
  • It has been a decade since Pacquiao last did stick-hitting in training camp

According to Pacquiao, the said training–which is basically repeatedly hitting his mid-section, forearms, and shoulders with a thick, round wooden stick–is for his “mind conditioning.”

Pacquiao’s stick-hitting technique has been a part of his routine, but the last time “Pac-Man” was observed having it done on him was ten years ago, according to Filipino news site Rappler.

In one of his recent posts on Instagram, Pacquiao could be seen repeatedly getting hit by his strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune.

The punches landed squarely and regularly on both sides of the Filipino boxer’s midsection, left and right arms, despite being more of a hard tap.

While some may argue that the stick beating is tolerable, Pacquiao’s expression as Fortune performed the drill implied that he was inflicting agony.

Earlier this month, another video clip also showed that Pacquiao was seemingly perfecting some “explosive” uppercut and body shot combinations with his trusted trainer and friend, Buboy Fernandez.

Fernandez could also be heard offering the 42-year-old some pointers on how to efficiently pull off the aforementioned power punches during the rigorous workout session.

After all, only Pacquiao knows why he appears to be especially driven as he nears his comeback.

Freddie Roach, his longtime trainer, believes that the forthcoming fight with Spence Jr. is about more than just defeating a pound-for-pound fighter.

“Manny knows it’s a tough fight–probably his toughest–but that’s why he began his conditioning so early in the Philippines,” Roach told reporters, including ESPN earlier this month. “Usually, jet lag keeps him out of the gym for one day the first week he arrives in Los Angeles. Not this time. He has been here every day, training two and a half to three hours each afternoon.”

“I usually hold off sparring the first week, but Manny insisted,” he added. “Manny has achieved so much in his boxing career and in his life. But everyone in camp can sense this fight has a special meaning. It is not just about beating a top pound-for-pound fighter or winning more titles. This time it’s all about boxing immortality for Manny Pacquiao.”

Brief News from Washington Newsday.

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