roughs up sparring partners before Algieri fight
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[October 28, 2014]
(Reuters) - Manny Pacquiao is more
than three weeks out from his next title defense against unbeaten
American Chris Algieri but the World Boxing Organisation (WBO)
welterweight champion is already in devastating form, trainer Freddie
Sparring partner Viktor Postol, the number one contender in the
World Boxing Council's super lightweight division, would undoubtedly
agree after the Filipino southpaw left him with a broken nose in
training last week.
Pacquiao (56-5-2), who has won titles in a record eight different
weight classes, suffered successive defeats in 2012 but has got back
on track with two impressive wins over Brandon Rios and Timothy
A win over former kickboxer Algieri could bring the long-awaited
super fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr one step closer.
Roach, speaking during a promotional visit to Hong Kong, does not
believe Algieri will pose Pacquiao too many problems at the Venetian
Macau on Nov. 22.
"The thing is I have my number one contender from Ukraine and he’s a
very good boxer and he could beat Algieri right now," Tuesday's
South China Morning Post quoted Roach as saying.
"That’s why I brought him in as a number one sparring partner
because he has that style.
“Manny broke Postol's nose three days ago. But Postol’s okay. I
train him. He’s a fighter, he’s a tough kid and he’s not going
The 30-year-old Algieri has a 20-0 professional record and won the
WBO light-welterweight title last month by a split decision against
Russia's Ruslan Provodnikov.
Pacquiao has not scored a knockout since stopping Miguel Cotto in
Nov. 2009, and was himself knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in
2012 in his first outing after losing to Bradley the same year.
While some have questioned how much gas the 35-year-old has left
after 63 professional fights, Roach said Pacquiao was way ahead of
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"Manny Pacquiao is in great shape. Our strength coach came in 10
days before me. He started working him and by the time I worked with
him, we were sparring 12 rounds in the mitts," he added.
"Pacquiao wasn’t even breathing heavy. His condition is terrific
Roach also allayed fears the Filipino could peak too soon.
"That’s why I want him to come to Hong Kong. We weren’t going to
come because the fight is more important. But the thing is that we
are way ahead of schedule," he said.
Roach had no words of comfort for Pacquiao's sparring partners,
“We still have three hard weeks of work in front of us. With three
good sparring partners, it’s working out well. I have one more
sparring partner coming over as a reserve, but I will use him as
(Reporting by Peter Rutherford in Seoul; Editing by Ian Ransom)
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