Headwear and groin protection won’t be the only protective gear for Manny Pacquiao as he prepares for his August 21 à la carte fight against Errol Spence Jr.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing and Los Angeles seeing an increase in cases, members of his team are also putting on masks and providing disinfectants throughout the camp.
Regular testing at both the Pacquiao Mansion and the Wild Card Gym is also in place, ensuring that people entering and leaving are COVID-free.
The Pacman raised his arms in victory after going negative following a four-round training session on Thursday.
“Thank you! God is good!” said Pacquiao.
These additional security measures come as other high-profile fighting has been compromised due to COVID-19 outbreaks in recent months.
On Thursday, the next Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury world title fight would now be postponed after a member of Fury’s camp was infected.
“We have strictly implemented rapid tests every day and there is also a PCR test once a week for the team,” Pacquiao said.
As for fans hoping to take a selfie with the usually obliging Pacman, that may be more difficult to achieve this time around.
“Mas maganda din kasi ma-control ng kaunti ‘yung crowds his training,” he said.
In addition to the COVID-19 test, Pacquiao also underwent a pair of Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency tests this week.
As for the fight night itself, the T-Mobile Arena, which holds 20,000 fans, lifted most COVID restrictions, including capacity limits and its mask policies. He continues to practice health protocols.