Former WBO welterweight champion, Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 knockouts), has failed to live up to the hype in his last two outings, and it’s affected his standing with hardcore boxing fans.
However, Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, doesn’t think the damage done to the Filipino congressman’s reputation is irreversible. And he thinks Manny can redeem himself by knocking out Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 knockouts) when the two square up for the fourth time on Dec. 8, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
“[Marquez] will be more hittable and not so much a counter-puncher,” Roach said about Manny’s upcoming fight. “I think we need a knockout to secure his number one spot in the world. He needs to be impressive and a knockout would be impressive. In the first one [Pacquiao] was aggressive in the beginning of that fight. In the second fight we had one knockdown and in the third fight we had none. He just lost that killer instinct. … We need to bring back that killer instinct where he finishes guys like he used to.”
Given Pacquiao’s lackluster performance against Marquez in 2011, and his subsequent loss to Timothy Bradley, I can’t see Manny ever reclaiming the top spot of any respectable boxing pound-for-pound list without a victory against Mayweather. “Pac Man” hasn’t been spectacular in a while, and it’ll take a lot more than a knockout against Marquez to revitalize his career.
At this point, Pacquiao needs to fight Floyd Mayweather if he truly wants to leave a lasting legacy in boxing.
Unfortunately, Pacquiao has no genuine desire to test his skills against boxing’s pound-for-pound king, and it’s back to the same old tactics when it comes to securing a fight against Mayweather. He tried to score points with uneducated boxing fans by offering to accept a 45 percent purse, but his politicking won’t work on those who understand the business side of boxing.
Manny Pacquiao has also booked April 20 for his next fight, so it couldn’t be any more obvious that he won’t be fighting Floyd early next year. Like Mayweather advisor, Leonard Ellerbe, said during an interview with The Times, “Manny Pacquiao can’t tell Floyd Mayweather [expletive].”
The most frustrating part of Pacquiao’s antics is the fact that he has absolutely nothing to lose by facing Mayweather. Heck, he’s already lost to less-accomplished boxers in the past.
Francisco Guzman, “Roach: Pacquiao Needs a KO To Secure His Top Spot”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.