GENERAL SANTOS, Philippines - Whether or not Freddie Roach was asking questions of Manny Pacquiao's surgically repaired right shoulder, he got his answer quickly.
Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 knockouts) used his right shoulder overtime during the first day of training with Roach at the Wild Card Gym in General Santos City as he prepares for his April 9 bout with Timothy Bradley Jr at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao and Roach worked 7 rounds on the mitts together, with Roach frequently calling for double right hooks as part of combinations.
The 8-division boxing champion, who is preparing for what he says will be the final fight of his 21-year career, says he had not trained for a single day in the boxing gym since his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr last May before starting preliminary conditioning for this fight.
During the Mayweather fight, Pacquiao aggravated an injury to his right rotator cuff which he had sustained in training. Afterwards he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the damage.
"My shoulder is already fine. It is healed," Pacquiao said Monday after training.
Pacquiao's advisor Michael Koncz said Pacquiao's shoulder had been given the green light for unrestricted training during an examination in the United States last month as required by the Nevada commission for the 37-year-old Pacquiao to be relicensed. – Rappler.com