Sparring mate's awkward style will help Pacquiao


Posted at Mar 22 2014 05:18 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2014 01:18 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated welterweight Shawn Porter feels that coach Freddie Roach made the right decision in selecting Lydell Rhodes as one of Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partners for the Timothy Bradley fight.

Porter said the American lightweight has an awkward fighting style similar to Bradley, which could help Pacquiao for his April 12 welterweight title challenge.

“I’ve been in the ring with Lydell,” Porter, who used to spar with Pacquiao, said in Hustle Boss.

“He actually gave me a little bit of trouble the few times I’ve been in the ring with him. He’s really awkward. He’s kind of wild and unorthodox. Which is what I think Manny needs.”

Rhodes has been sparring with the Filipino boxer since the beginning of Pacquiao’s camp in General Santos City.

He has been teaching the boxing superstar how to cut the ring, a move which could be useful in case Bradley tries to be evasive again.

“I think at times in all of his fights, Timothy gets a little unorthodox and tends to let loose,” said Porter. “That’s going to be a good look for Manny.”

Bradley wrested the WBO welterweight crown from Pacquiao after frustrating the Filipino boxer with his hit-and-run tactics in 2012.

To avoid a similar outcome, Roach said that his boxing pupil must swarm Bradley with a hail of punches.

“We are training for big game in this fight. Manny knows he is going to have to hunt Bradley down and close the show this time,” said Roach.