MANILA, Philippines – A week after opening training camp, Manny Pacquiao tapped the father of a former world champion as assistant coach for his bout against Lucas Matthysse on July 15 at the Axiata Arena in Malaysia.
Pacquiao invited Nonito Donaire Sr., the father of former 4-division world champion Nonito Jr., to lend his expertise as he gears up for the reigning regular WBA welterweight champion from Argentina.
“Donaire will serve as one of the assistant coaches,” said Pacquiao, who holds a record of 59 wins with 38 KOs, 7 losses and 2 draws. “So far, so good. I am happy with my current team.”
Pacquiao, long mentored by American Freddie Roach, is trying to form an all-Filipino lineup in his training camp as he bids for an 11th world title.
Long-time friend and confidant Buboy Fernandez has been serving as acting head coach along with assistant trainer Raides “Nonoy” Neri.
Pacquiao is set to name another team member who will help him in his strength and conditioning. – Rappler.com