Sparring partner Rhodes impressed with Pacquiao

Nick Giongco 05/03/2016


Lydell Rhodes ate a lot of right hands after sparring with Manny Pacquiao last week, prompting the American sparring partner to say that the Filipino icon remains a force to be reckoned with.

“I got hit with a lot of rights,” said Rhodes after his four-round session with Pacquiao in General Santos City.

Pacquiao imported the Oklahoma-born Rhodes anew to help him get ready for Tim Bradley on April 9 in Las Vegas.

Rhodes was obviously watching out for Pacquiao’s left hand, his favorite weapon, but got jarred countless times by the right that was repaired following a rotator cuff injury.

Rhodes had actually sparred with Pacquiao two years ago but the 28-year-old Las Vegas-based puncher was surprised to see that the fighting congressman hasn’t changed and remained fast with his fists and equally quick with his feet.

After Rhodes, the 37-year-old Pacquiao got it on with Congolese-Canadian Ghislain Maduma for three rounds, bringing the number of sparring rounds at 17.

So impressed was Rhodes that he made it clear that he won’t be shocked if Pacquiao succeeds in scoring an abbreviated win.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks