MANNY Pacquiao in the worst form of his career?
The reigning World Boxing Organization (WBA) welterweight champion dispelled doubts on his fitness and form by punishing local boys Leopoldo Doronio and Fil-Indon Sonny Kartiandagho in separate three-round sparring sessions on Thursday.
Allaying fears that his duties as lawmaker are eating up a lot of his time and keeping him away from training, the 38-year-old showed fine form as he hurt Doronio’s already injured right ribs with hard blows in three rounds of solid exchanges.
“Nasaktan na ito noong Tuesday, lalo pang sumakit nang pagtatamaan kanina,” Leopoldo, an Orient-Pacific lightweight contender with a 15-fight, 14-win record with 10 KOs, after the sparring session.
Kartiandagho, a former World Boxing Council lightweight junior titlist, nearly went down in the final round of their session.
“Naramdaman ni boss parang babagsak ako. Tinanong nya kung okay ako at nang tumango ako, sabi nya, mag-ingat na lang ako,” the General Santos-born son of an Indonesian migrant who owns an impressive 11-2 win-loss record with six stoppage confessed.
Both Doronio and Kartiandagho attested to the unmatched power in Pacquiao’s punches, but observed the eight-division champion is still lacking in terms of speed.
“Malakas at matindi pa rin talaga siyang magbigay. Iindahin mo talaga. Yung bilis niya, kulang pa, pero darating din yun. Baka two weeks lang kumpleto na,” Kartiandagho said.
“Yung lakas niya gaya noong umalis siya para mag-resume ng training sa LA last year for his fight with (Jessie) Vargas. Hindi nagbago kait halos pitong buwang na-bakante, Hindi kinalawang,” Doronio assessed.
Pacquiao also did the heavy bag, double end ball and the speed ball before climbing back to the ring for a nine-round job on the mitts with chief trainer Freddie Roach.