Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao practices with his coach Freddie Roach (L) Reuters/Tyrone Siu
With barely two weeks to go before his welterweight title fight, Manny Pacquiao is approaching his peak form and conditioning.
Boxing veteran Steve Forbes sparred with Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles and saw the Filipino superstar’s improvement on a day-to-day basis.
“I've have been feeling pretty good in there with him myself, but I would say Pacquiao is about a 9 out of 10 at the moment,” the former IBF super featherweight champion said in World Boxing News.
Freddie Roach brought Forbes to Pacquiao’s training camp to help the "Pacman" prepare for his rematch with Timothy Bradley. The 37-year-old American, who used to train under Roger Mayweather, employs an evasive fighting style similar to Bradley’s.
Pacquiao will be attempting to recover his WBO welterweight crown from Bradley, who won their first face-off in 2012.
“I though Pacquiao won the first fight, but I was also happy that Bradley was in a big fight, which was well deserved,” said Forbes.
Pacquiao’s sparring partner believes the Filipino will win this time around, given the way he dominated Bradley during the first encounter.
“Looking at the first fight, I do believe Pacquiao can take the second because of the way he did it the first time around and I think it should be a good fight,” Forbes said.