“It was the old Manny Pacquiao from 10 years ago.”
That is how Freddie Roach described the performance of the 42-year old Manny Pacquiao on the sparring session.
Roach, who earlier said he was offering money to sparring partners they hired to knock down Pacquiao, received a reverse card.
It was the eight-division world champion who went punishing his opponents.
With his age and the two-year absence in the ring, Pacquiao could have been shaking off the rust with doubts, but it is the opposing with weeks away before he faces the unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.
“He had probably his best sparring yesterday, we went ten rounds, and he got two knockdowns. It was the old Manny Pacquiao from 10 years ago,” said Roach in an open workout.
Dissecting the words of Roach, a decade ago was the prime Pacquiao who was on a rampage every time he entered the ring. Will he display the old prime self against the prime Spence?
This kind of development undoubtedly adds to the fight’s hype that will see action come August 21st.