It’s no secret, Manny Pacquiao doesn’t have many fans with the Mayweather last name, and well-respected boxing trainer, Jeff Mayweather, isn’t an exception.
Jeff had some harsh but true things to say about Manny Pacquiao’s Dec. 8 knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez during an interview with FightHype’s Percy Crawford.
As far as boxing’s pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather’s, uncle is concerned; Pacquiao’s best days are behind him.
“You saw the decline in Pacquiao with the Bradley fight and with the third Marquez fight and the Shane Mosley fight,” Jeff said. “Every fight after that Margarito fight was nothing. It was nothing to even be excited about anymore. It’s one of those things where you can actually see it happening; leading up to this fight, you can see it happening. … And in my opinion, this fight exposed him for what he really is now. He’s not the same fighter and he hasn’t been the same fighter for a long time.”
Mayweather assessment is very accurate, as hardcore boxing fans have talked about Pacquiao’s declining skills for quite some time. Manny’s fans have had a hard time dealing with the evident reality, and some even think the Filipino congressman still has a legitimate shot against “Money” Mayweather.
Of course, that bout will never happen now, as Marquez made it clear Pacquiao doesn’t belong inside the same ring with Floyd. After all, Manny struggled with Marquez’ counter-punching during their four fights, and Money happens to be the best counter puncher in boxing (and all other combat sports for that matter) right now.
A one-sided beating will probably break out if the two ever square up, which is why a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight simply makes no sense at this point.
“The Pactards, or whatever they call themselves, PacManiacs, of course they gonna want him to fight Floyd if he got knocked out again and again. That’s how stupid they are,” Jeff added. “At the end of the day, the value of the fight is gone, so stop talking about what Pacquiao can do and Pacquiao this and that. … Pacquiao got beat by Marquez because Marquez is a counter puncher. And Floyd is probably two or three times better than Marquez at that job. Even Freddie Roach said, ‘Oh, he has trouble with counter punchers.’ If he has trouble with counter punchers, what the hell is he gonna have with Floyd, the best counter puncher in the world? It’s asinine.”