MANILA – Boxer Lydell Rhodes admitted that Manny Pacquiao was so fast that he couldn’t see some of the Pinoy pride’s punches when they sparred on Tuesday.
Rhodes, who has a record of 19 wins, was tapped to help Pacquiao prepare for his rematch against Timothy Bradley Jr.
The 26-year-old got a taste of some of Pacquiao’s power left straights and ended up getting a bloodied nose.
“Yeah, my nose bloodied a little bit because he hit me, it wasn't bleeding a lot but I got a little bit of blood there,” said the American in an interview with ABS-CBN General Santos City's Jay Dayupay.
The four-round session was part of Pacquiao’s camp in General Santos, where the Filipino superstar will train before flying to the US on March 8.
Rhodes said Pacquiao is already in excellent shape, that he was surprised by the Filipino’s speed and power.
“It was great, Manny's very good, very skilled. [He's] very fast, very strong. He's in shape, he threw a lot of punches. And oh, yeah he punches very hard, I felt them, yeah,” said Rhodes.
“He's very, very fast, [and there are] some punches you can't see. You just close your eyes a bit [and he’s already a step away],” he added.
Pacquiao’s assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez said Rhodes is doing good as a sparring partner, adding that the American was quite successful in simulating Bradley’s movements.
“I hope na meron pa siyang maipakita na ibang style pa... ‘yung may similarity pa sa kalaban natin. kanina nasa 85 to 90 percent ‘yung similarity sa kalaban n'ya (Pacquiao) ‘yung galaw ng sparring partner natin,” he said.
Fernandez added that they currently focusing on Pacquiao’s conditioning. He said coach Freddie Roach will take care of their strategies.
“Sa stamina hindi kami nagwo-worry, ang more na pag-ingatan natin ay yung mapanatili ang kondisyon n’ya at more strategy pang gagawin,” he said.