Pacquiao ready in case Algieri runs
By Dino Maragay Updated Thursday November 20, 2014 - 5:02pm

Justin Fortune, Manny Pacquiao's strenght and conditioning coach, talks to Philstar.com on Thursday as Pacquiao works out in the background at The Venetian Macao in Macau, China. AJ Bolando/Philstar.com

MACAU - The camp of Manny Pacquiao is not worried in case Chris Algieri turns Sunday's fight into a game of hide and seek.

Gone are the days when Pacquiao suffered cramps during fights, his strength and conditioning trainer Justin Fortune insists.

"Nah," Fortune told Philstar.com Wednesday when asked about chances that the Filipino icon will have leg cramps as a result of possibly chasing Algieri around the ring all day on Sunday.

"He hasn't had cramps the whole camp. In fact, he's overhydrated. When you take too much water, your body just flushes out the excess," he explained.

Pacquiao has had bouts with cramps in his clashes with Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley, but Fortune pointed out that those happened under someone else's watch.

Fortune rejoined the Pacquiao camp prior to the fighting congressman's bout with Brandon Rios in 2013 and since then, Pacquiao had gone the distance without any trouble with his legs. Chances are high that he will again be doing some running against Algieri, who is known for his boxing skills and movement.

As for Pacquiao ending a five year-knockout drought, Fortune is optimistic.

"Yeah, I look forward to it. I think it will come. Pacquiao's been so sharp," said the Australian coach.

"He's dropped a couple of sparring partners with headgear and 16-ounce gloves. He's extremely fit and ready."

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Editor's note: Philstar.com's special coverage of the Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri fight is made possible by Cebu Pacific Air, why every Juan flies.
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