Former Pacquiao sparring partner Lydell Rhodes admits Manny let him down a little bit vs Floyd

Lydell Rhodes and Vince Brown speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

There has been no shortage of opinions or emotions that have come into play following Floyd Mayweather’s clear-cut unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao on May in Las Vegas.

Mayweather fought his typical match that Saturday evening, nullifying Pacquiao’s attack as he cruised to a points win over 12.

In the wake of the match, much criticism has been directed towards Pacquiao’s way for both the way he fought against Mayweather as well as his team continually bringing up his injured right shoulder following the loss.

For lightweight prospect Lydell Rhodes (23-0, 11 KO’s), who sparred with Pacquiao in camp ahead of his April 2014 rematch with Tim Bradley, he too was disappointed.

“Honestly, I thought it was boring as sh*t,” Rhodes said from City Athletic Boxing Club in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon.

“I was kind of let down by Pacquiao,” Rhodes added. “I thought he was going to bring the fight a little bit more.”

Rhodes assessed his friend’s future in the wake of his sixth professional setback and he feels there is still reason enough for him to keep fighting.

“Yeah, because he fought Floyd,” Rhodes explained. “He didn’t lose to a bum. You can still go and collect a couple smaller paychecks.”

*** Check out the FULL interview with Lydell Rhodes below…

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