MANNY Pacquiao’s training at the Wild Card Gym was delayed by another day, while his challenger Joshua Clottey’s training, which began last week, was disrupted after his trainer was temporarily refused a visa by the US Embassy in Accra, Ghana.
Trainer Freddie Roach, who flew back to Los Angeles from New York aboard a private plane, along with Pacquiao, Filipino trainer Restituto Fernandez, adviser Michael Koncz, lawyer Franklin Gacal and Bulletin boxing writer Nick Giongco, told the champion to take a rest after a grueling two-stop press tour.
The promo tour opened at the Dallas Cowboys’ $1.2-billion stadium on Tuesday, then headed to the Madison Square Garden the following day.
Pacquiao was supposed to start training at the Wild Card Gym yesterday, but Roach asked him to take a day’s rest before buckling down to the grueling training regimen he is normally used to.
Clottey appeared to have an even bigger problem. He was reported to be heading back to Ghana to resolve the issue of visas for trainer Godwin Nii Dzanie Koet and assistant trainer Daniel Clottey, whose US visas expired last November.
In a conversation with Nathaniel Attoh of Joy News, Clottey’s trainer described the snafu as “very frustrating. An officer looked into the documents I had with me and he just wrote something that they were going to do their investigation and give me a call. I don’t know what investigations they want to carry out.”
Daniel Clottey, on the other hand, was reportedly flatly refused a visa.
The trainer had planned to leave Ghana for the US on Saturday but the failure to obtain a visa has left him confused.
Kotey told Prince Dornu-Leiku of East Side Boxing “we are very disappointed because we need to train now. Joshua is all alone in the US and even if he is training, there is no supervision.”
He said “you need time to prepare in boxing. Even the day Joshua was tapped was already too short for a fight of such magnitude. He needs at least four months to prepare for a big fight like this.” Ronnie Nathanielsz