The best pound-for-pound fighter in the world (Sorry, Floyd Mayweather), Manny Pacquiao, steps in the ring Saturday night (HBO PPV) in search of his eighth title in eight different weight classes, squaring off against Antonio Margarito for the WBC Super Welterweight championship.
When he’s not training for fights, Pacquiao is a congressional representative of the Sarangani province, which has been a distraction in the eyes of trainer Freddie Roach.
Distractions or no distractions, Pacquiao will be focused on the task at hand when the bell rings from Cowboys Stadium.
Pacquiao chatted with BET.com after arriving in Los Angeles from the Philippines and talks about his future in the sport of boxing and if he will ever fight Mayweather.
BET.com: How is training camp coming along?
Manny Pacquiao: It’s good. We were able to train in the Philippines for three weeks and came here for the last three weeks.
Are the reports about you having distractions in training camp accurate?
It depends on who you ask. If you ask my trainer and my conditioning coach, then yes. I think they feel there are distractions because they are not comfortable in the Philippines. They are homesick I think. For me, it’s part of my life and part of my job. It is my responsibility to do these things.
Are you and Freddie Roach on the same page in terms of training for this fight?
Yes, I think so. We have had discussions when we have been in the gym and we are doing a good job in the gym.
Any concern about the size advantage that Antonio Margarito has?
We prepared for the fight against Margarito. I think he’s a bigger fighter but my speed, quickness and power will be enough to control the fight and I will be able to show my skills.
Who is the better singer: Manny Pacquiao or Will Ferrell?
Oh my god. [Laughs] I think hopefully me. If he’s better than me … yeah. Wow. Hopefully me. I had lots of fun. It’s my third time there [On Jimmy Kimmel].
Why do you think Amir Khan should fight Floyd Mayweather?
I think it would be a good fight for Amir. His style is fast and he has some power. He’s a good amateur boxer and Floyd was an amateur fighter.
Do you think Khan would win the fight?
Yes, I think if those two fought, it would be a great fight, but with Amir, he might win that fight.
How much longer do you see yourself fighting?
Maybe another three or four fights. It depends on who the opponents are. At this point in my career, I don’t need to fight for money. It’s more about giving back to the fans because they have been so good to me with the De La Hoya, Hatton and Cotto fights. I need to give back to the fans because they are the ones that make Manny Pacquiao, Manny Pacquiao.
Is there something else you want to prove in your last 3-4 fights?
I don’t need to prove anything, anymore. I just need to keep proving to the fans that I will fight the best and I’m willing to fight whoever, whenever. Hopefully we can get the Mayweather fight done.
Is that something your camp is working on?
I don’t know. My job is to train and win the fights.