• Pacquiao gets Congolese MADUMBA as sparmate

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    Timothy Bradley of US and Manny Pacquiao of Philippines listen to the final bell during their WBO World Welterweight Championship title match at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 12,2014. AFP PHOTO

    Timothy Bradley of US and Manny Pacquiao of Philippines listen to the final bell during their WBO World Welterweight Championship title match at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 12,2014. AFP PHOTO

    Manny Pacquiao commissioned Ghislain Madumba of Congo as his sparring partner for his April 9 third fight against Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    “We’ve hired him [Madumba] because we believed that he could imitate the style of Bradley and he is ready to unleash Manny’s competitive nature. Manny is presently train-ing today (Monday),” Koncz told The Manila Times on Monday in a phone interview.

    The super lightweight 5-foot-7 Madumba, 31, who fought for Congo in 2007 World Championship, holds a 17-2 win-loss record with 11 knockouts.

    “If Madumba can’t provide what we need, we will send him home and find another fighter, but I believe he’s okay,” added Koncz. “We’re still going to see him spar and of course he’s also fast and moves like Bradley.”

    Koncz also said that Pacquiao’s focus on training is not affected by his recent squabble with the LGBT community.

    “Nobody cares about those issues during the training. Manny and Freddie [Roach] are doing very great in training. They are not affected. I’m expecting Manny to be in tip-top shape before his fight with Bradley,” said Koncz.

    Roach arrived in General Santos last February 14. According to Koncz, Roach is im-pressed with the early phase of Pacquiao’s training.

    After four weeks, the Pacquiao camp will fly to Roach’s Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles, California, for the completion of Pacman’s training.

    Bradley defeated Pacquiao via split decision in their first fight in 2012 in Las Vegas but lost to the Filipino via unanimous decision in their rematch in 2014 also in Las Vegas.

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