MANNY Pacquiao, the eight-division world champion, sparred seven rounds with three different sparring partners at the Wild Card Gym yesterday, while undefeated pound-for-pound No. 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. reportedly zapped former world champion Zab Judah in a sparring session at the Mayweather gym in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao sparred two rounds each with 21-year-old lightweight Kenneth “Bossman” Simms Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs) of Chicago, and 31-year-old Dierry Jean (28-1, 20 KOs), who moved from Haiti to Montreal, Canada when he was 10 years old and reportedly fights like Mayweather.
The third sparring partner, whose name trainer Freddie Roach couldn’t remember, is from Las Vegas and is likely the so-called secret sparring partner reportedly from the Mayweather Gym.
ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo told the Standard/Viva Sports that according to Roach, Pacquiao’s timing was not perfect.
Roach also revealed that Pacquiao would do more sprints around the oval and lessen his running uphill.
Castillejo reported that when Pacquiao went jogging and worked out at the Pan Pacific Park, there was a huge crowd of Filipinos who showed up to watch Manny train.
When he returned to his home for breakfast, he was visited by Philippine basketball great and an avid Pacquiao fan, former senator Robert Jaworski.
Meantime, Mayweather’s uncle Jeff Mayweather told Mlive.com that Floyd sparred three, five-minute rounds with former world champion, southpaw Judah, and “beat the sh_t out if him. By the second round, Judah had nothing left.”
Jeff said Floyd let Judah off the hook since he has a fight coming up, but “messed his eye up.”
Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, who is now working with Mayweather after his services were terminated by Team Pacquiao, said everything is looking good and that Mayweather is “mentally taking this to another level. He is serious and looking sharper and stronger.”