MANILA, Philippines – A boxing trainer believes that a match between Filipino icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Russian brawler Ruslan Provodnikov will be fan-friendly, even if it is unlikely to last the distance.
Vince Parra, who has previously trained Filipino prospect Mercito Gesta, told Hustle Boss that while a Pacquiao-Provodnikov bout will be entertaining, the Russian is unlikely to give the “Pacman” much of a challenge.
“Ruslan’s a real tough guy. He’s the Russian Rocky,” said Parra. “But Pacquiao right now, that style is tailor-made for him. It’s a great fight while it lasts.”
Provodnikov is one of the two contenders for a Pacquiao fight for April 2014, along with unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr.
“I don’t want to call which way it would go, but if that fight (Provodnikov vs. Pacquiao) happens, it would be a great action fight for the fans,” said Parra.
“You’ve got a guy who comes forward, and a master-boxer and real good puncher in Manny Pacquiao, who looks to be 100% back now,” he added. “So I don’t give Ruslan too much of a chance outside of landing a big one on Pacquiao.”
“From the outside in, Manny runs away with it.”
Pacquiao won a boxing match for the first time in two years when he routed Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios late November last year, while Provodnikov is coming off a stoppage win over Mike Alvarado in October.