Australian George Kambosos is preparing for the biggest fight of his career and he has responded to ‘rumours’ of a boxing legend.
George Kambosos is hoping boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will make a special appearance at ringside in his highly anticipated fight next week.
The Australian is preparing for his lightweight bout against Devin Haney in Melbourne on Sunday June 5.
This is Kambosos’ first world title defense and he will strive to take the WBC belt from Haney and become the unified world lightweight champion.
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Kambosos was Pacquiao’s primary sparring partner for three of his world title fight campaigns and fought under the card during several of Pacquiao’s fights.
He first fought with 12-time world champion Pacquiao in 2017 when Pacquiao’s trainer thought Kambosos would be the perfect sparring partner for Pacquiao ahead of his world title fight against fellow Australian Jeff Horn. .
Kambosos believes his time with the Filipino legend, who Kambosos estimates at around 250 rounds, will keep him in good stead against Haney.
“It gave me more openings, more doors,” Kambosos told the Hello Sport podcast.
“Manny is a legend, I was on that team. I train with him as my main training partner, but eventually I had to work.
“If I hadn’t shown how good I was in training sessions, he would have sent me home. First camp, he would have sent me home. I had to make it work.
“When you’re there with a legend, an all-time great, a guy who has so much more titles and divisions than anyone else in the world in boxing history, and you mix with him day after day, you know you are an elite.
Kambosos recalled being told by Pacquiao during their training camps that he was ready for a world title fight.
But the 28-year-old had to bide his time until he was crowned world champion after a stunning victory over Teofimo Lopez in November last year.
“He (Pacquiao) was like, ‘You’re ready for a championship right now, you’re ready to be world champion right now,'” Kambosos said.
“But me being so patient, I knew it wasn’t my time. I wasn’t 100% ready. I said no. I said my time would come, it’s not yet.
Kambosos said he and Pacquiao fought hard in their training sessions, but he was never let go by the man considered one of the greatest fighters of all time.
“It’s boxing,” he said. “You can be best friends… but when we get in the ring to spar or do something tactical, you’re going to love the leather.
“And that’s what it was with me and Manny Pacquiao. Yes, we run together, we eat together, we talk and laugh together.
“But when we’re in the ring, I’m there serving a job and he’s trying to prepare as best he can. So if I can knock him out or he can knock me out, so be it. This is the fighting game.
“No, I never let go. I landed some really good shots but he never let go of me, I never let go of him. There were a lot of rounds – 250 rounds. The respect I have for this man is unmatched.
Kambosos hopes Pacquiao will travel to Melbourne to watch his fight with Haney at ringside.
“He’s so happy with what I’ve achieved,” he said.
“He sent a great message after my win over Lopez.
“He was waiting to see if he would become president of the Philippines.
“Unfortunately that’s not the case. So hopefully that now opens the door for him to come back to Australia and be there at ringside to watch me do the business against Devin Haney.” the word around town.”
“I hear rumors that Manny will fly to ringside to watch me handle business and get that last piece of the puzzle back with all my belts,” Kambosos said. Sunday night with Matty Johns.
“To have him in my corner, to have him supporting me – an all-time feeling like Manny Pacquiao. I am very honored to have him apart of my career.
Originally posted as George Kambosos spills on Manny Pacquiao ‘rumors’ ahead of blockbuster fight