• Another sparmate lined up for Pacquiao

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    Another sparring partner is arriving for Manny Pacquiao as the Filipino boxer intensifies his training for his rematch with Timothy Bradley on April 12.

    Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz said former World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt will join the stable of sparring partners for the Filipino fighter in General Santos City.

    Another sparmate, Lydell Rhodes, has arrived at the training camp.

    Koncz said the 35-year-old Pacquiao needs a competitive sparring partners with a style similar to that of Bradley, the unbeaten reigning WBO welterweight champion.

    Holt “has the power and the character to motivate Pacquiao more,” Koncz said. “We brought in Rhodes to spar with Manny and we’re going to add Holt as one of Manny’s sparring partners.”

    Holt (28-6 win-loss card with 16 knockouts) may join Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach in the US when Pacquiao moves to the Roach’s Wild Card Gym on March 1.

    Holt, 32, had fought Bradley five years ago, a reason he was chosen to spar with Pacquiao.

    Holt knocked out twice Bradley during that fight but Bradley still won by unanimous decision.

    Pacquiao, who defeated Brandon Rios last November via unanimous decision, is working in improving his stamina more and speed in General Santos by playing basketball and jogging.

    JOSEF T. RAMOS

     

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