• Pacquiao regains deadly form, floors sparring partner

    Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTO

    Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTO

    WITH only 10 days left before his rematch against undefeated American Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao showed that he regained his deadly form by knocking down his sparring partner Roger “Speedy” Gonzales.

    “Speedy Gonzales is a quality boxer,” international boxing referee and judge lawyer Danrex Tapdasan told The Manila Times on Tuesday in an interview. “Sparring partners are used by trainers and fighters to size up their future opponent.”

    Pacquiao, 35, floored Gonzales, 25, using a strong left and right combination.

    Gonzales who holds a 28-6 win-loss record with 16 knockouts has a fighting style and speed similar to that of Bradley’s.

    “Speedy Gonzales is trying to emulate the style of Bradley especially on the movement aspect so that Pacquiao will have a working idea on how to deal with the speed of Bradley comes fight night,” Tapdasan added.

    Gonzales is one of the four sparring partners chosen for Pacquiao by five-time trainer of the year Freddie Roach. American Lydell Rhodes, Steve Forbes and light welterweight Julian Rodriguez are the other three.

    Pacquiao (55-5-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts), meanwhile, said that he is very inspired to outclass Bradley (31-0 log with 12 knockouts) in the same way he did Oscar Dela Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, and Marco Antonio Barrera.

    “I want to prove to them that I am the best. I am inspired. I am the challenger. I know I will need to outbox and outspeed Bradley. And that is what I will do,” Pacquiao told www.philboxing.com.

    “This is the first time I have challenged for a world title that I lost. Do I want it back? You bet I do; and I want it back from Tim Bradley,” Pacquiao added.


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    1. So you believe he is a quality boxer with 28 fights won & 6 lost, 3 of those were by ko. He isnt even rated, or not that i can find & he is only a super featherweight. I wouldnt be over impressed with knocking down a super featherweight.
      Anyway its less than 2 weeks to the fight & its a fight i just cant see manny winning. This will be his 1st welterweight fight in 3 years. Look at the quality of opposition timothy bradley has fought & beat since mannys fight & look at mannys fights since tims fight. Tim beat jmm who ko’d manny, tim beat ruslan who many is scared of ( because he said i wont fight him as we are friends, like when amir khan said i wont fight manny because i respect him to much. Its words that mean i cant beat that guy.

    2. iriga city boy on

      If Pacquiao is serious of getting the belt back,therefore, we just hope that we will not see a repeat of the”pedal off”,’gas off” mode of boxing an opponent last time he faced Bradley!!!.
      Can we count on that ,Manny???
      And no to compassion and kindness stuff likewise.
      Finish the job with vigor and no let up.Camaraderie can come after the fight.

    3. Bradley talks too much,boastful despite d fact the whole world knows/acknowldged that he lost to Pacquiao in their last fight.Its only that the 2judges decided to gift him with d title.Wahat a disgrace/scandal.This time around im sure,cock sure Paquiao will win d fight,hopefully knock Bradley out round 8-9.

      Actually Pacquiao is a nice man/a gentleman who doesn’t want to inflict any serious injury to his opponent That’s why he took it easy during d last fight .The writing is only on d wall that Paquiao were leading all d way in points and there is no way Bradley can win d match,except a knockout.Hi Manny,pls dnt repeat d same mistake.Just go for d knockout….