By Ronnie Nathanielsz
“Fighter of the Decade”Manny Pacquiao had his best day of sparring last Saturday and looks good according to his celebrated trainer Freddie Roach.
Roach told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that Pacquiao sparred eight rounds and that the eight division world champion “is coming back and getting better” as he steps up training for his WBO International welterweight title fight against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in Macau on November 24.
Roach said Pacquiao was getting some good sparring from Britain’s light middleweight Liam Vaughn, undefeated Ghana welterweight Fredrick Lawson and the surprise package in Filipino welterweight Dan Nazareno who belongs to the stable of Rommel Nazario, son of Pacquiao’s late business manager Rod Nazario.
The Hall-of-Fame trainer said he had asked former two division world champion Gerry Penalosa to find one more sparring partner who approximates the aggressive come-forward style of Rios.
Roach had also asked his Filipino assistant trainer Marvin Somodio to try and find a good sparring partner for Pacquiao and to bring him along when he arrives
with strength and conditioning coach Gavin McMillan this week.
Penalosa told the Standard he had tapped the services of 36 year old Sirimongkol Singwancha who has a record of 74-2 with 46 knockouts.
The Thai slugger is a former WBC bantamweight and former WBC super featherweight champion and is reportedly an aggressive fighter.
Penalosa himself told us he would wait to find out whether Somodio brings in a sparring partner before finalizing details with the Thai who is managed by businessman Naris Singwancha.
Penalosa said Pacquiao looked sharp in sparring and that Nazareno was a great asset because of his style and the fact that he’s got power and doesn’t back down.Tags: Manny Pacquiao , Brandon Rios , Pacquiao-Rios , Pacquiao vs Rios