LAS VEGAS, USA – Justin Fortune remembers the early days of Manny Pacquiao’s campaign in the United States. Long before the Pacmania swept the boxing world, the team consisted of Pacquiao, Fortune, Freddie Roach and Buboy Fernandez.
It was under these unassuming circumstances that the team began collecting world title after world title, scalps like Lehlohonolo Ledwaba, Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales.
Fortune hopes that his return to the camp will mark a return to that level of performance in Pacquiao as the eight-division champion tries to regain his WBO welterweight title on Saturday, April 12 (Sunday PH time) in his second bout with Timothy Bradley.
Fortune spoke with Rappler’s Ryan Songalia about Pacquiao’s conditioning work, reuniting with an old friend and why he blames former Pacquiao strength coach Alex Ariza for the chronic cramps that had plagued Pacquaio in the past.