At 35 years old Jose Luis Castillo is way way past his prime. We saw Castillo’s greatest battles years back when he fought the late Diego Corrales onward to two memorable fights and fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. twice and lost where I think Castillo won the first installment. Nicknamed “El Terrible” Castillo became a crowd favorite when he fought opponents toe to toe like his compatriot who share the same moniker Eric Morales. We have seen the last flicker of greatness in Castillo when he was demolished by the “Hitman” Ricky Hatton on their IBO and WBC international light welterweight bout last June 23, 2007. Manny Pacquiao has been preparing his Nov.14 date with Miguel Cotto and tapping Castillo’s services as the third sparring partner might be puzzling. Team Pacquiao has already got two outstanding boxers taking turns in preparing Manny namely the undefeated middle weight fighter Shawn Porter and Urbano Antillon Pacquiao’s mainstay sparring partner. Now what will the former WBC champion bring to the table? The answer can only be summed up to one word and that is toughness. When Omar Henry the Miguel Cotto carbon copy who fights and moves like the Puerto Rican bomber declined Team Pacquiao’s offer they need another fighter who doesn’t back out on challenges and could give Pacquiao problems with his power and Jose Luis Castillo fits right on the money. He doesn’t move like Cotto but he can give you one helluva body shot. The 5-foot-8 Castillo isn’t scared of Manny and he isn’t conscious of being knocked down either he maybe 35 but he is still an active fighter with his last fight dated last Sept. 12. If his 60 wins with 52 by knockouts isn’t impressive then look at the number of quality fighters he has fought on his entire career. Castillo’s addition would be beneficial in some ways for Manny but that’s if he came to fight in good condition. We all know what happened when he was banned to fight in the 140 lb. division having been overweight on their supposed trilogy match against Corales the second time around. This time he can’t afford to be out of shape because this would be his chance to spar against the world’s no.1 pound per pound boxer. The $1,000 bonus for every sparring partner who could knock Manny out sweetened the pot for Castillo so there is no room for bloated fighter in heated sessions. If not for money Castillo should be ready because there won’t be games when Manny wears that gloves around his hands after all we don’t want to go into war with no ammunition… that would be suicide.
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