Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao’s Sparring Partners Get $1,000 if They Knock Him Down

November 25, 2008

As the great boxing trainer Freddie Roach gets Manny Pacquiao prepared for his fight on December 6 against Oscar De La Hoya, he has an interesting incentive for Pacquiao’s sparring partners: Knock him down and get some cold, hard cash.

“I don’t hire sparring partners, I hire real fighters — contenders who can really push Manny,” Roach said on HBO’s 24/7 show. “Sparring in my gym is not play. …

It’s pretty much a fight, the only rule is if you hurt somebody you don’t finish them. … Sparring partners have a job to do, and the thing is, if they knock Manny down, they get a $1,000 bonus.”

Roach says his biggest concern heading into the fight is De La Hoya’s jab, so that’s what the sparring partners are working.

So far, none of Pacquiao’s sparring partners (including Amir Khan) have been able to collect that $1,000 bonus. But with cash on the line, you can bet they’re trying.

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