Sparring partner says Manny too good for Marquez

Posted at 10/04/2011 9:31 PM | Updated as of 10/05/2011 8:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao's primary sparring partner, Jorge Linares, says the Filipino champion will be too much to deal with for Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao and Marquez will be meeting for the 3rd time on November 12, and Linares, a native of Venezuela, was chosen to help prepare Pacquiao for the bout.

"Manny will be too powerful, too fast and too good when he and Marquez meet on November 12," Linares told PhilBoxing.com. "There's no way Marquez can win over Manny."

Linares says Pacquiao is not yet in tip-top shape, but the Filipino boxing icon is not showing much ring rust even after 4 months of inactivity.

The two boxers have engaged in 20 rounds of sparring since Pacquiao started his training camp in Baguio City.

Last week, Pacquiao bloodied Linares with a powerful left hook that caught the latter's right eyebrow.

"No harm done. There was not even a single stitch applied to the wound. But indeed, Manny is very powerful," Linares said. "Thank God we're wearing head gear."

Linares is thankful for the chance to spar with Pacquiao, as he says it will help him when he battles Tony de Marco on October 15 for the vacant WBC lightweight championship.

"I've really learned a lot and still learning. The experience gave me many things, especially in my coming fight," Linares said.