Friday, January 29, 2010

Manny Pacquiao Gives His Sparring Partner a Beating

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao began sparring in the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California on Thursday. Under the guidance of trainer Freddie Roach, Pacquiao sparred with Bryan Brooks in four rounds. Pacquiao dished out a beating to Brooks, who was used by Shane Mosley as a sparring partner in the past.

Roach says Pacquiao did some real damage in the four rounds of sparring. He battered Brooks good. The hall-of-fame trainer doesn't see Brooks coming back as a sparring partner in the future.

“[Pacquiao] did really well. He’s already following the game plan. This was a good sparring partner for Shane Mosley but I don’t think I’m going to bring him back… he got hurt a few times. Manny was too much for him,” Roach said to ABS CBN News. "He did whatever he wanted too. He was playing with him a little bit. He likes to play with his audience a little bit."

Pacquiao will defend his title against Joshua Clottey at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas on March 13. Pacquiao doesn't see Clottey as an easy fight.

“Clottey is strong and sturdy. He can take a punch and has a good defense. This is not going to be an easy fight,” said Pacquiao.

Roach once again stated that Pacquiao's speed will be the difference in the fight and the key to victory.

“Don’t stand in front of him. Use lateral movement, in-and-outs and side-to-side pretty much because he’s a big strong guy but again boxing ability is going to win this, not size,” said Roach.


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