Jeff Mayweather: Pacquiao has been in decline since the Margarito fight
By Chris Williams: Jeff Mayweather, the uncle of unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr., thinks Manny Pacquiao has been on the downhill slide since his grueling but one-sided win over Antonio Margarito in 2010. Mayweather thinks the end results of Pacquiao’s slide was his 6th round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.
Mayweather told fighthype.com “They’ve seen that since the Margarito fight. Pacquiao has been in decline. You saw the decline in Pacquiao with [Timothy] Bradley fight with the third Marquez fight and the Shane Mosley fight.”
Mayweather believes that Pacquiao should have lost three of the four Marquez fights and that he’s received controversial wins. He thinks because of those controversial wins that few people see as legit wins, it’s caused Pacquiao one of the persons from his team to feel the need to keep fighting Marquez. Mayweather says that if there wasn’t some doubt among Pacquiao or his team members that they wouldn’t have bothered to fight Marquez again because Pacquiao already had 2 wins in the three fights with Marquez going into their fourth fight.
As far as a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight in the future goes, Jeff sees that as completely dead now. It’s not going to happen because of Pacquiao’s recent losses, although he thinks Pacquiao’s loyal fans would want to see Pacquiao fight Mayweather no matter how many times Pacquiao gets knocked out by other opposition.
I think Pacquiao was looking like a faded fighter as early as his fight with Joshua Clottey in 2010, which came right after Pacquiao’s win over Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao was really fast and moved around a lot in his victory over Cotto. Pacquiao took a great deal of punishment in beating Cotto. That wasn’t as easy a fight as many people think it was for the Filipino. Cotto got his pound of flesh in losing.
However, months later, Pacquiao looked completely different in his victory over Clottey. Pacquiao was no longer moving like he’d done I the past and he spent a lot of time fighting flat footed. From that fight Pacquiao has gotten worse with less movements in his bouts against Margarito, Shane Mosley, Tim Bradley and Marquez.