AMERICAN lightweight boxer Stan “The Man” Martyniouk expressed his admiration of Manny Pacquiao’s ring prowess adding that he was proud to be chosen as one of Pacman’s sparring partners.
Pacquiao, 35, the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion with a 56-5-2 win-loss-draw record, is gearing up for his fight against undefeated American Chris Algieri (20-0 slate with eight knockouts) on November 23 in Macau.
“I feel honored being in Manny Pacquiao’s training camp and being able to help him get ready for his fight,” Martyniouk (13-2 win-loss slate with two knockouts) told The Manila Times on Thursday in a phone interview.
The 5’10 Martyniouk, 29, was handpicked by Freddie Roach because of his long reach just like Algieri’s. Pacquiao’s sparring session and heavy training under Roach begins today.
“I can emulate Algieri’s style and help Manny. I think Manny is also a big help to me. Height, movement and good jab are my attributes similar with Chris’ [Algieri],” said Martyniouk.
“I want to thank Freddie Roach for giving me this big opportunity and I will do my very best to get Manny ready for his fight and make sure he comes out victorious which I know he will.”
Besides Martyniouk, 31-year-old American welterweight Mike Jones and Ukrainian light welterweight Viktor Postol are also set to arrive in General Santos to be Pacquiao’s sparring partners.
“He [Pacquiao] is a future legend I feel blessed being part of this experience. This is will definitely be a great experience,” added Martyniouk.
The American boxer also said that he is excited to watch Pacquiao play basketball and coach the KIA Sorento in the opening day of the Philippine Basketball Association 40th season.
“Basketball is good for endurance and I really like it. I haven’t seen him [Pacquiao] play so it will be fun to go and watch him.”