In a video from Dyan Castillejo’s YouTube channel (above), Manny Pacquiao did footwork drills in preparation for his upcoming fight against Brandon Rios on 23 Nov. at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao.
Footwork is essential for Pacquiao’s arsenal against a coming-forward style of Brandon Rios. If you look at Rios’s first knockout career loss against Mike Alvarado during their rematch; it is Alvarado’s footwork that gave him trouble. Alvarado used footwork to look for angles in engaging Rios. He moved around more compared to their first fight.
In the past Pacquiao complain to have leg cramps. If you look at footages of his previous fights — you’ll see that his calves were massaged vigorously in between rounds. Not only that — before Pacquiao start training for this fight with Rios — he used to play basketball and suffered ankle injury.
Although Pacquiao assured boxing fans that there is nothing to worry about the said injury. He got his doctors check, and everything is well.
This kind of footwork training is needed to make sure leg problems would not be a factor on this fight.