Pacquiao Sparring Partner Lydell Rhodes thinks Manny ‘can and will’ keep fighting after Bradley

Manny Pacquiao faces Tim Bradley later tonight in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., Manny Pacquiao will face Tim Bradley for the third time in a welterweight attraction on HBO pay per view.

For this particular camp, Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KO’s) again worked with lightweight contender Lydell Rhodes, both in the Philippines and in Los Angeles. Hustle Boss caught up with Rhodes following yesterday’s weigh-in and he seems to feel his friend will find a way to perform under pressure.

“Sparring him everyday, I seen extra dimensions,” Rhodes explained. “He was countering really well and throwing his right hand really well. Good right check-hook and he set up his left uppercut really well this camp too.”

Despite the constant talk surrounding this being perhaps the last performance from Pacquiao, Rhodes believes the Filipino icon will keep going.

“I think he can and I think he will, hopefully,” said Rhodes. “I feel like he can keep going. He felt better this camp than the first camp I worked with him. I was in camp with Manny the whole time. This camp he was even ¬†better so I got to lean towards him.”

Check below for more from Rhodes, including his thoughts on Terence Crawford possibly being in line for the winner.

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