Undefeated lightweight boxer Lydell Rhodes said Manny Pacquiao is consistently improving with each sparring session while they prepare for the Filipino star’s rematch against Timothy Bradley.
Rhodes, who has sparred with Pacquiao in General Santos City, said the fighting congressman is learning tricks that will be useful against Bradley’s evasive fighting style.
“At the beginning he wasn’t cutting off the ring as good – I was able to move around and jab him a little more. As the camp goes, he’s cutting off the ring more, he’s making me fight at his pace, which is fast and furious. He throws a lot of combinations, a lot of punches,” the American said in an interview with On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
Rhodes added that Pacquiao isn’t afraid to try out new things and also continues to do his work even after their sparring sessions.
“It’s good to be in there with a champion like him to see how he adapts to certain things that I do and certain movements and how one thing I might get away in one sparring session. But sometimes I may just get away with it for two or three rounds then he adjusts himself to it and I can’t do it anymore,” he said.
Roach hired the undefeated lightweight to simulate Bradley’s boxing style as this will help him learn how to apply constant pressure, especially given Bradley’s hit-and-run tactics.
Rhodes is the same sparring partner who suffered a bloody nose against Pacquiao during their first sparring session.
He is now working with Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles together with other sparring partners including Roger “Speedy” Gonzales, Steve Forbes and Kendall Holt.