Manny Pacquiao gave his sparmate a beating, knocked him down and left a huge cut in his left eyelid. His first training session at Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym in LA was curt short as his sparring partner Art Hovhannesyan got injured during the fight.
That the 27-year-old Hovhannesyan was injured while equipped with a head gear with a face mask further underscored the power behind Pacquiao’s punches. Hovhannesyan, who holds a 7-win, no-loss, 1-draw record with 2 knockouts, fights out of the Glendale Boxing Club in California.
According to Dr. Ed de la Vega of Philboxing, a crisp left cross first sent the Armenian diving to the canvas. It was, however, a left hook that opened a one-inch cut on Hovhannesyan’s left upper eyelid and halted the sparring.
Pacquiao has just started his training under Freddie Roach and his assistant, former Heavyweight champ Michael Moorer. He is preparing for his fight against Ricky "the Hitman" Hatton on May 2.