George Kambosos Jr. Details His 250 Rounds of Sparring With Manny Pacquiao

Published 03/01/2021, 10:00 AM EST
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 21: George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr poses during the Footy shows fight night Press call on January 21st, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by El Pics/Getty Images)


IBF lightweight mandatory challenger, George Kambosos Jr., has revealed his experience of sparring with Manny Pacquiao. The Australian lightweight explained what it was like going 250 rounds with the legendary boxer and what he learned from it.

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GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES – MARCH 04: Manny Pacquiao takes part in a training session on March 4, 2014 in General Santos, Philippines. Pacquiao will fight for WBO welterweight championship rematch against Timothy Bradley on April 12, 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
Pacquiao sparred with the lightweight boxer to prepare for his famous victory over Jeff Horn. Kambosos Jr., who was ranked 9 in the world for lightweights back then, has since made his way up and will now challenge for the titles against Teofimo Lopez.

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Ahead of his fight against Lopez, FightHype.com caught up with the Aussie and asked him about his time with ‘Pac Man’. Kambosos Jr. said, “Many things, many things. You walk into 250 rounds with Pacquiao, you know, and come out, no problem. And I love Pacquiao.”
This comment from ‘Ferocious’ showed the immense respect he has for the Filipino. Furthermore, he revealed that ‘Pac Man’ would say he is a killer. Thus, this showed how much he impressed the multi-weight world champion.

George Kambosos Jr. reveals Manny Pacquiao tipped him to beat Vasyl Lomachenko

The Australian challenger also shared a story from their training camp in 2017. He revealed that during the Jeff Horn fight, Ukrainian superstar Vasyl Lomachenko wanted to fight the Filipino. However, Kambosos Jr. revealed what ‘Pac Man’ said about those rumors.
“And Manny was turning around and saying, ‘George, you go fight, you’ll beat him’. So, start putting two and two together,” said Kambosos Jr.
Therefore, the challenger hinted at his ability to beat Lomachenko back then, and he has only gotten better since.

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Things have worked out perfectly for Kambosos Jr. now that he is facing Lopez. ‘The Takeover’ is the man who beat Lomachenko, and thus, the Australian can back up his claims in their bout.
In addition, ‘Ferocious’ also revealed that this fight means more to him than the money. Therefore, this showed his desperation to get his hands on the champion and the belts.
What do you make of these comments from George Kambosos Jr.? Do you think he could beat Vasyl Lomachenko?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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