HOLLYWOOD – Manny Pacquiao claims he has abandoned life in the fast lane, but he still inevitably draws comparisons with race cars these days.
Ring prospect Kevin Hoskins was left so awed by the power and speed of Pacquiao's punches, he can’t help but liken the boxing champion to an Italian supercar.
“[His power] comes so fast I compare it to a Lamborghini crashing. It hits so hard and fast,” said the 21-year-old native of Los Angeles, California, sweat still dripping down his body after going four intense rounds with Pacquiao on his final day of sparring at the Wild Card gym.
Hoskins, carrying a 6-1 record with four knockouts, gushed that Pacquiao was the “complete package.”
“That straight left, or that hook, even that uppercut, his jab, uppercut, it’s crazy man,” added the super-featherweight prospect, a first-time sparmate of the Pacman.
After experiencing how it was to be at the receiving end of Pacquiao’s fury, Hoskins believed challenger Timothy Bradley doesn’t stand a chance of wresting the Filipino’s welterweight title this Sunday (Manila time) at the MGM Grand.
At the most, Bradley will be lucky if he remains on his feet halfway through the scheduled 12-round bout, Hoskins said.
“I think he’ll knock him out, honestly,” said Hoskins. “Maybe in six.”
The American stressed that it would be foolish for the challenger to engage Pacquiao in a toe-to-toe battle, which is exactly the kind of fight the champion wants.
It would be sensible for Bradley (28-0, with 12 KOs) to just box and keep his distance, he added.
“If I were Bradley, I’ll try to box as much as I can, try to move around,” said Hoskins.