Pacquiao gets Rhodes as spar mate

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Trainer Freddie Roach (left) and Manny Pacquiao during the press conference of Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 in the United States. AFP FILE PHOTO

Trainer Freddie Roach (left) and Manny Pacquiao during the press conference of Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 in the United States. AFP FILE PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser Michael Koncz has brought in unbeaten American boxer Lydell Rhodes to be the PacMan’s sparring partner as he prepares for his rematch against Timothy Bradley on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rhodes boasts of a 19-0 win-loss record with nine knockouts Koncz also denied reports that they signed Puerto Rican welterweight Miguel Cotto whom Pacquiao defeated in 2009 via technical knockout as one of the Filipino ring icon’s spar mates.

“I have no any idea where they got that Cotto rumor. We just brought only the best spar mate for Manny and that’s Rhodes,” Koncz told The Manila Times in a phone interview from General Santos on Wednesday. “There are also other spar mates available and we will announce it soon.”

Koncz, who arrived in the Philippines with Rhodes on Sunday from the United States, said that the 35-year-old Pacquiao (55-5-1 win-loss-draw slate with 38 knockouts) is currently doing conditioning and heavy bag work less than three months away from fight night.

“He is getting better and better everyday,” Koncz added. “The arrival of Rhodes will also help him a lot and we’re expecting Manny to become faster and stronger as the fight comes near. So far, we doesn’t see any problem now.”


Rhodes said that he believes Pacquiao won his first fight against Bradley (31-0 record with 12 knockouts) in June 2012.

“Manny has a lot of speed and power although Bradley improves a lot,” Rhodes, a former student of Floyd Mayweather Sr., told philboxing.com in an interview. “Manny does everything and he has the experience too.”

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