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Memo: Pacquiao isn’t done



Renowned conditioning coach Memo Heredia believes recently-retired eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao is far from finished.

“Manny can (come back and win) if he does proper conditioning training. I trained (Yordenis) Ugas for Manny fight. Ugas was too strong and unfortunately, in my opinion, Manny wasn’t prepared right physically,” Heredia told Daily Tribune Monday from Los Angeles.

Pacquiao, now 43, announced his retirement from the fight game in late-September after losing on points to the Cuban at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on 21 August.

Appearing on former pro fighter Marvin Mabait’s social media platform, Heredia teased Pacquiao into coming back and working him.

“Manny Pacquiao, why did you retire? One more fight, come one. This time we do it with Memo time,” he said.

Heredia made a rousing introduction to Filipino fight fans in December 2012 when he helped Juan Manuel Marquez, who went on to knock Pacquiao out with one punch.

Heredia feels Pacquiao still has a lot of gas left in the tank.

“If Pacquiao comes with Memo time, Pacquiao will be 22 years. Very strong, very quick, very aggressive. No problem. Memo time is the best. Let’s go. Two to three fights. Three fights. If he becomes the president, then it’s gonna be hard for him. If he doesn’t become the president, come on, the public loves you. They want to see you back,” Heredia said.

Pacquiao, a former congressman and outgoing senator, is running for president in the May elections.

Asked what he would do in the event of losing his presidential bid, Pacquiao swears he will not reconsider his decision to hang up his gloves, stressing that he is done with boxing.

By the time he announced his retirement, Pacquiao had logged a 62-8-2 record with 39 knockouts.

But Heredia, who is also working with other Filipino talents in close coordination with Sean Gibbons of MP Promotions, isn’t losing hope of one day teaming up with the history’s greatest southpaw.

“It’ll be an honor (to work with him).”

Pacquiao is no stranger to strength and conditioning training.

Through the years, Pacquiao had joined hands with Alex Ariza and Justin Fortune when it came to the fitness facet of his training.