Stepping into the ring with an opponent just for the first time in five months, Pacquiao showed no signs of rust in his sparring session with a much-bigger Russian Ruslan Provodnikov, who weighs about 15 pounds higher than Pacquiao.
Despite the huge size disadvantage and the rugged style of his Russian opponent, the WBO Welterweight champion breezed through his opponent, showing that his power is still there and he is tip-top shape.
“Manny sparred four tremendous rounds,” said Mike Koncz, who is Pacquiao’s chief adviser, in an interview with The Philippine Star. “It was a back-and-forth sparring. The guy Provodnikov was a little big but it was okay. I was amazed and surprised with the way he sparred.”
Koncz also added that he has never seen Pacquiao as sharp as what he saw in a first sparring session because according to him, the Filipino champ usually needs two weeks to get his timing.
With the way Pacquiao sparred and how dedicated he is with his training regimen, Koncz believes that the Filipino boxing champion will be in full-strength once he steps into their in his June 9 bout with Timothy Bradley.
According to Koncz, Pacquiao will train in Baguio until Thursday before going back to Manila for another sparring session on Saturday.
The team will then fly to Los Angeles to train at the Wild Card Gym in which Pacquiao’s training is expected to get a lot more intense and tougher.
Meanwhile, the undercards for the Pacquiao-Bradley fight have been revealed on Saturday.
Welterweight top contender Mike Jones will put his perfect record on the line when he steps into the ring against Randal Bailey for the vacant IBF welterweight title.
Another world-title fight has been scheduled with Guillermo Rigondeaux defending his WBA super bantamweight title against Teon Kennedy, while Jorge Arce will be making his return to Las Vegas when he collides with Jesus Rojas in a 10-round featherweight bout.