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Pacquiao Will Be Sparring With Ik Yang For Bradley Trilogy

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

China’s super lightweight Ik Yang has been picked as one of the sparring partners of eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partners for his third fight against WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 9.

ABS-CBN Sports Consultant Peter Musngi told The Standard/BoxingScene.com that Yang - who lost in his bid to win the vacant IBF title against Argentina’s Cesar Rene Cuenca on July 18, 2015 - will also be seeing action on the undercard of WBO super bantamweight Nonito “The Filipino Flash” who makes his first defense of the newly won title at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 23.

The 30 year old Yang has a record of 19-1 with 14 knockouts.

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Pacquiao is taking no chances in his third fight against Bradley after losing the first in a bitterly criticized split decision and coming back to win a lopsided twelve round unanimous decision in a rematch and has begun training in his hometown of General Santos City.

He will be joined by trainer Freddie Roach on February 3.

The Pacquiao-Bradley showdown will mark the first time former “Trainers of the Year” Roach and Teddy Atlas who steered Bradley to an impressive 9thn round knockout of Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios will face each other.

Pacquiao who has a record of 57-6-2 with 38 knockouts is a two-term congressman from the lone district of  Sarangani Province and is vying for a seat in the May elections and is expected to win, finishing in the top ten in all pre-election surveys.

Pacquiao who was named “Fighter of the Year” three times by the Boxing Writers Association of America and was also honored as “Fighter of the Decade” is aiming for a spectacular performance in what he has announced will be his farewell fight while Roach has predicted his prized possession will win by a 9th round knockout.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BlackSoul on 01-29-2016

roach hasnt looked [B]impressive[/B] in YEARS and he wont look impressive here either the last time he looked [B]IMPRESSIVE[/B] from MY eye with a [B]QUALITY[/B] opponent who wasnt a [B]catchweight[/B] and [B]who wasn't injured[/B] was ricky hatton. rios & algieri…

Comment by .!WAR RUIZ!. on 01-29-2016

Ik yang all I remeber from dude is he wierdo style of showboating and the ref fixing his shorts lol

Comment by hectari on 01-29-2016

Who the heck is ik yang? Now i know for sure pac is going to lose, lol dude fighting a weak china man. Roach just doesnt give a crap anymore, next thing you know he will bring in a flyweight…

Comment by Mooshashi on 01-29-2016

Manny would need to spar with Ip Man if he wanted to win this fight.

Comment by WesternChamp on 01-29-2016

[QUOTE=Salim_Shady;16423986]Ik Yang fights nothing like Bradley and is robotic af, does Roach want Manny to lose. I still got Manny UD but this doesnt make sense.[/QUOTE] Roach as Manny's trainer hasnt been relevant since the margarito fight. Everything after that…

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