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Manny Pacquiao gears up for career-closing fight

Manny Pacquiao was put through his paces at his Los Angeles gym ahead of his career-closing fight with Timothy Bradley next week.

The Filipino boxing legend is expected to hang up his gloves after he takes to the ring to fight Bradley for the third time on April 9.

And with the highly-anticipated fight edging closer, the 37-year-old took part in a media workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club, run by Pacquiao’s esteemed trainer Freddie Roach.

In true boxing style, Pacquiao – whose last fight was his defeat by Floyd Mayweather in May – flexed his muscles and showed off his shredded physique to the cameras.

The welterweight fighter was also put through his paces with trainer Roach as Pacquiao steps up his preparation for the bout with Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao and Bradley go into the bout having beaten each other once and the former has previously reiterated his desire to retire following the fight.

However, Roach has vowed to back Pacquiao if the boxer decides to take advantage of rule changes which could see professional fighters allowed to take part in this summer’s Olympics.

Pacquiao revealed this week he is yet to decide on whether he will pursue a spot in the Philippines Olympic team, appearing to pull back from an earlier statement in which he said he would be honoured to fight in Rio.

‘I’m not saying a yes or a no,’ Pacquiao told reporters. ‘I’m not closing the door. I have to think about it and I’m still thinking about it. It’s good to let professionals in the Olympics.’

The eight-time world champion said earlier this month he had been ‘personally invited’ to Rio by Wu Ching-Kuo, president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), the governing body for amateur boxing.

Proposed changes to AIBA statutes, set to be put to a vote at a special congress of AIBA confederations at the end of May, could leave Olympic eligibility in the hands of the national boxing federations.

Roach has admitted he has discussed the prospect of fighting in Rio with Pacquiao and revealed he had even offered to work for free.

‘If they let him in the Olympics I told him I’d train him,’ Roach said. ‘He said “You know there’s no pay for that right?” I said “No problem!”.

‘If Manny wants to go to the Olympics and get his country a gold medal I’d be behind that. Pro athletes compete in other sports at the Olympics, so why not?

‘I don’t agree with it but that’s the way life is.’

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