PACQUIAO HURTS RODELA, SERRANO IN SPARRING
Posted on 15 April 2009
Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiaoâ€™s sparring partners are taking a beating at the hands of the worldâ€™s No.1 pound-for-pound fighter as he steps up his training for the showdown with Ricky â€œThe Hitmanâ€ Hatton at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2.
Super featherweight David Rodela (12-1-2, 6 KOâ€™s) who was knocked out in the tenth round of sparring the other day with a devastating left straight to the body and was out for five minutes was back in the Wild Card Gym Tuesday and absorbed more punishment from Pacquiaoâ€™s fists of fury.
Rodela who sparred first instead of last which was what happened the previous time was â€œhurt again in the second round this time with a right hookâ€ according to conditioning expert Alex Ariza.
Ariza said Pacquiao engaged undefeated light welterweight Hector â€œTecoâ€ Serrano (8-0, 3 KOâ€™s)in a good sparring session and â€œalso hurt him with body shots a couple of times.â€ Pacquiao wound up ten rounds of sparring with undefeated lightweight Urbano Antillon (25-0, 18 KOâ€™s), the fighter who crushed Pacquiaoâ€™s younger brother Bobby Pacquiao in one round.
Ariza said trainer Freddie Roach said that Pacquiao was â€œtoo strong nowâ€ and he is hoping to bring in another, even tougher sparring partner for Thursday.
Ariza told www.insidespoprts.ph
, Standard Today and Viva Sports that â€œeverything couldnâ€™t look better right nowâ€ adding that they â€œjust cant wait to see the fightâ€ against IBO light welterweight champion
He said both Roach and assistant trainer and former world heavyweight champion Michael Moorer, a southpaw, were clearly impressed with Pacquiao who, according to Ariza, â€œdid everything to the T according to the game-planâ€ drawn up by Roach and Moorer.
Ariza said Pacquiaoâ€™s â€œconditioning and work-rate is unbelievableâ€ and â€œthere were no distractionsâ€ which proved to be a big help after Roach shut out even close Team Pacquiao members and allowed only the training staff and sparring partners inside the gym.
A 9:00 p.m. curfew is also in effect at Pacquiaoâ€™s plush Palazzo apartment as the countdown to the Hatton â€œBattle of East and Westâ€ continues.
Ariza said that while all attention is naturally focused on Pacquiao who is a national hero in the Philippines, WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa is looking â€œphenomenalâ€ and both Roach and he believe the 36 year old veteran is likely to pull off a stunning upset over undefeated WBO super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel â€œJuanmaâ€ Lopez when they clash in a 122 pound title fight in Puerto Rico on April 25.
Ariza said Penalosaâ€™s â€œweight is perfectâ€ and â€œlooked terrific after going 15 rounds on the punch-mittsâ€ with Roach.
He described Penalosa as being an amazing athlete who is in excellent condition, totally focused and extremely confident leading up to what has been billed as the toughest fight of his career against the young knockout artist, â€œJuanmaâ€ Lopez.