By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao finally engaged ex-world champion Jose Luis Castillo of Mexico in a sparring session on Tuesday in his training camp in Baguio City and two key figures inside the Filipino’s camp were both satisfied with the showing of the 35-year-old warhorse from Sonora state. “Castillo proved to be a worthy sparmate,” said Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz, who personally picked Castillo to spend some quality minutes with his boss. Conditioning coach Alex Ariza was also all praises for Castillo, who will likely fill in the void that will be left by Urbano Antillon. Antillon is due to return to the US this weekend so he could get used to the local weather there as he prepares for a fight next month. Freddie Roach wanted to know if Castillo was indeed in shape as he ordered the Mexican to start off the seven-round session by going three rounds with Pacquiao. After Castillo, Pacquiao worked with unbeaten super-welterweight Shawn Porter. So far, Pacquiao has logged a total of 38 rounds of sparring. Pacquiao, who faces Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas, spars thrice a week.