EIGHT-DIVISION world champion Manny Pacquiao’s latest sparring partner, Haiti-born Dierry “All In” Jean, who has lived in Montreal, Canada since he was 10 years old and who fights very much like Floyd Mayweather Jr., sparred three rounds with the Filipino ring icon, who went two more rounds with another of his sparring partners yesterday.
Pacquiao’s longtime adviser Michael Koncz was clearly elated that Jean, whom he personally picked, didn’t let him down after he told the New Standard/Viva Sports that if the Canadian didn’t look good in his first sparring session, he would promptly send him home. He doesn’t have to do that now.
Koncz said 32-year-old Jean, who has an impressive record of 28-1 with 20 knockouts, has a style very similar to that of Mayweather, who Pacquiao battles in what has been trumpeted as the Fight of the Century at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 2.
Jean’s only defeat was in an IBF super lightweight title fight against Lamont Peterson.
“When May 2 comes, if Floyd is the better man he’ll win. But I don’t think that will happen,” said Koncz.
The adviser, who has handled Pacquiao’s affairs for almost 10 years, also disclosed that after reports of a bidding war for the Philippine television rights of the fight.