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S. Korean boxer to serve as sparring partner for Pacquiao: official
SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korean boxer Kim Min-wook will serve as a sparring partner for Filipino star Manny Pacquiao, an official here confirmed on Wednesday.

   Yuh Myung-woo, a hall-of-fame boxer who runs a local promotion company, said Pacquiao has decided to train with the 26-year-old South Korean boxer before his November bout against Brandon Rios.

   Earlier this year, Yuh said he and Pacquiao, considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers ever, had agreed to organize regular boxing matches between pugilists from their two countries and discussed cooperation in other boxing-related projects.

   Yuh said he had earlier recommended Kim, considered a similar boxer to Rios, and will now seek to schedule an undercard fight for Kim before the Pacquiao-Rios match.

   "If Kim makes a strong impression in his training, perhaps we could have him in an undercard bout before a global audience," said Yuh, a former two-time world champion.

   Kim is the only South Korean holder of an Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) title, having defeated Romeo Jakosalem of the Philippines in May last year for the light welterweight belt.

   He will defend his title against Valentine Hosokawa of Japan in Seoul on Aug. 18 before joining Pacquiao's camp.

   Dubbed "Pacman," Pacquiao is the first eight-division world champion in boxing history.

   He has dropped his two most recent fights, losing to Timothy Bradley in a split decision in June last year and getting knocked out in the sixth round by Juan Manuel Marquez in December. The defeats have led to speculation that his retirement from boxing was imminent.

   Pacquiao's record stands at 54 wins, including 38 by knockout, five losses and two draws.

   jeeho@yna.co.kr
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