In addition to Lydell Rhodes, former World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt is also joining Manny Pacquiao’s stable of sparring partners. Pacquiao’s long time adviser Mike Koncz said that the Filipino ring icon needs competitive spar mates to hone his skills for his second fight with Timothy Bradley on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“He [Holt] has the power and the character to motivate Pacquiao more,” Koncz told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “We brought in Rhodes to spar with Manny and we’re going to add Holt as one of Manny’s sparring partners.”
Holt, 32, had an experience fighting Bradley (31-0 card with 12 knockouts) five years ago that’s why he is considered to be Pacquiao’s sparring partner . Holt knocked out Bradley twice during that fight but the latter still won via unanimous decision.
Holt (28-6 win-loss card with 16 knockouts) would likely join Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach in the United States once the training camp in the Wild Card Gym begins on March 1. Rhodes (19-0 record with nine knockouts) now serves as Pacquiao’s sparring partner in General Santos.
Meanwhile, a Pacquiao camp insider informed the Times that Roach would also get former International Boxing Federation junior lightweight champion Steve Forbes to be one of his ward’s sparring partners.
Roach will arrive from Macau today and will begin Pacquiao’s training in General Santos on Monday.