Pacquiao sparring partner Kenneth Sims now working with Jorge Linares in Vegas [Exclusive interview]

Kenneth Sims inside of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

By all accounts, lightweight prospect Kenneth Sims Jr. (6-0, 2 KO’s) held his own and performed very well during his brief stint as a sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao ahead of the Filipino star’s May 2 decision loss to Floyd Mayweather.

There has been a never-ending list of views, opinions, and reports coming from Pacquiao’s side following his sixth professional loss, all of them revolving around the torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder.

Several sources had claimed that Sims more than held his own with Pacquiao, but when asked about his time in camp, the mild-mannered Chicago native has been respectful and tight-lipped thus far.

For the 21-year old Sims, the work never stops, as Hustle Boss walked in on him sparring some lively rounds with Jorge Linares ahead of the two-division champion’s upcoming clash vs. Kevin Mitchell on May 30, where he will be defending his WBC lightweight belt from theĀ O2 Arena (Millenium Dome) in London.

The work was lively and Sims has a great poise about him when inside of the ring.

Following the work, we caught up with Sims, as he finished up his workout and later spoke on his time in camp with Pacquiao and much more. Check out the clip below for more.

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