As you undoubtedly are aware, Manny Pacquiao suffered a devastating knockout at the hands of Mexican superstar Juan Manuel Marquez in December of last year. Many, including hall of fame former boxing champion and promoter Oscar De La Hoya, question his ability to return to his former greatness.
“It’s going to be the $1,000,000 question” said De La Hoya. “Can he comeback? Well that’s up to him. You look at Paul Williams [how he got finished].
Is Oscar De La Hoya correct? It is easy to see his standpoint. Few have had their career implode in such fashion to return — and return — to their former selves. It is not impossible, but improbable.
Pacquiao did have a tremendous fight before that overhand right sent the fighting world into oblivion. After all, Marquez and Pacquiao were both down – and Marquez was badly hurt, bloodied and battered before he waved off “Pac-Man” and his future plans.
As Oscar De La Hoya noted, how can one overcome the physical and psychological trauma such a knockout presents? It will make you “Wait for the punch” and often fight with fear and tentativeness. There is a lot on him as he continues his boxing career. A third loss could be catastrophic for his pound-for-pound relevancy. A fifth scrap with “JMM” could put it all on the line, although a less intimidating bout with WBO Junior Welterweight champion Mike Alvarado is rumored to be on the horizon.
Marquez denies any consideration of another fight with Pacquiao. In fact, he has shown much more interest in facing another Welterweight belt holder in Timothy Bradley. Bradley beat Pacquiao in a heavily shunned decision last June, a split decision which was tabbed “Robbery of the year” by most experts.
In conclusion, Pacquiao’s career is on thin ice. He desperately needs a victory in his next fight to remain in the world’s top rated percentile.