FOR over a decade Ray Beltran has shared a ring with Manny Pacquiao. He became one of his chief sparring partners. “I’ve known him for 10 years. I sparred with him more than anybody else. I think I’ve taken more punches than anybody else from him,” he laughed.
He learned plenty from the extraordinary Filipino. “The main thing is how to be patient. How to be patient because it’s very intense, it’s very crazy you feel like you’re sparring three Manny Pacquiaos. So you’ve got to learn how to be patient,” the Mexican said.
Beltran’s seen first hand what it takes to scale the heights of the sport. “Manny’s always focused. One time he did 10, 12 rounds of sparring, he did another 10, 12 rounds of the mitts . He’s just another level. They’re just another level. That’s why they are who they are. Manny and Mayweather, those guys are unique. They’re special. They train hard, they work hard but also they’re special,” he said.