As Manny Pacquiao enters the most crucial phase of his training, his handlers have decided to give the touted Zambian sparring partner the pink slip after failing to live up to his billing.
“We have sent him home,” said Mike Koncz, who handles the day-to-day affairs of the Filipino fighter revving up for the Nov. 12 trilogy with Juan Manuel Marquez.
Last week, Hastings Bwalya was told to report at the Wild Card Boxing Club and work out with Pacquiao.
Bwalya, who had sterling credentials, failed to give the 32-year-old Pacquiao the work trainer Freddie Roach wanted and was told to go home.
Koncz said another guy from Orange County is arriving to replace Bwalya and work alongside many-time sparmate Rey Beltran in the remaining weeks.
Koncz is hoping that the new guy will not follow the path of the trash-talking Bwalya, who wound up with a bloody face after trading power blows with Pacquiao.
“But if he does, we have no choice but to look for another,” added Koncz.
This week, Pacquiao’s sparring sessions will reach its zenith and towards the end of the month, he would already be tapering off.
Apparently, he wants to kill Marquez on November 12th. Should be a good fight!
Photos by Ping Nepomuceno