One thing that usually isn't a cause for concern for Manny Pacquiao and his camp as they prepare for a fight is Pacman's conditioning. But as his June 9 WBO title bout with Timothy Bradley nears, Alex Ariza, Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach, is worried about just that.
Most of the concern centers around problems and distractions outside of the ring, such as Pacquiao's looming tax case. He will have to deal with these issues fast in order to be in the best shape, physically as well as mentally, to beat a more than formidable challenger in the undefeated light welterweight champion Bradley.
"We can't have a bad camp. His physical conditioning is very important. This must happen all the way," Ariza told BoxingScene.com, adding he is "a bit concerned" over his boxer's preparation for the fight thus far.
Even though Pacquiao's training camp doesn't begin until April 16, Ariza showing concern for Pacquiao's condition already is a huge red flag, one that Bradley is sure to catch wind of.
With Pacquiao putting a lot of time and effort into his political career, in addition to his boxing career, Pacman will have a tough time getting into the same shape his camp wants him to be in—the shape he was in for his best fights, like those against Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto.
This, in addition to Bradley being extremely confident that he can give Pacquiao his first loss since 2005 won't bode well for the eight-division world champ.
Bradley told FightSaga.com:
I know he's not afraid of my skill set but everyone is going to see on June 9th I bring a lot to the table. I already know what to do, it's in my head already. I've watched all the Manny Pacquiao tapes and am already dialed in. [...]
Whatever he tries to do, I've got something for him.
With Bradley seemingly 100 percent focused on what is undoubtedly the biggest fight of his career, Pacquiao losing this bout is a very real possibility with all of the distractions currently being faced by Pacman.