• Rhodes impressed by Pacquiao’s power

    Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOT

    Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOT

    UNDEFEATED American Lydell Rhodes was impressed by the power of former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao in the first day of their sparring session on Wednesday in General Santos, according to PacMan’s long-time adviser Mike Koncz.

    “Manny wants to prove that he really wants a different outcome in this fight,” Koncz told The Manila Times in a phone inter- view. “Rhodes is very impressed because he never expects Manny to engage him in different angles.”

    Rhodes (19-0 win-loss slate with nine knockouts) sparred with Pacquiao (55-5-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) for four rounds pushing the American boxer to his limits.

    “I was surprised and it was really good [the sparring session],” Rhodes, 26, told GMA7 News TV reporter Mav Gonzales on Wednesday. “Manny is in better shape, moves faster and stronger than I thought he’d be. We’re doing very well and we’re making some adjustments. We have a game plan.”

    Pacquiao, 35, is set for a rematch with unbeaten World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Timothy Bradley on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao lost to Bradley in a controversial split decision in June 2012.

    “I like what I saw in our first day on the job,” the 52-year-old Freddie Roach told philboxing.com. “Our goal is to win by knockout and I think it is possible.”

    The five-time trainer of the year has scheduled a thrice a week sparring sessions for Pacquiao until the team leave the Philippines for his Wildcard gym in California, anytime in the first week of March.


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    1. Of course he should be impressed with manny pacquiao, look at lydels record, not the numbers as that is very misleading but look at the quality of opposition. His last opponent was lowel brownfield, his record is 11-10-1. Hes lost his last 7 fights 5 of them inside the distance & he is rated only 634 in the world & thats at lightweight, So beating him was really a forgone conclusion & if he was a top prospect he would have won inside the distance. Then when he spars with manny pacquiao manny is a full welterweight thats 2 weights heavier, so please dont go over board on praise from this guy as its misleading at the least.