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.