Ariza: Pacquiao over-trained for Mosley
By Chris Williams: Well, it looks like the excuses are already starting to fly about Manny Pacquiao’s poor performance against Shane Mosley last Saturday night in Las Vegas. Nevada. From what I saw of the fight, Pacquiao just looked old and too heavy with the muscles he’s put on. But according to his strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, Pacquiao trained a little too much for the Mosley fight. I partially agree with that, because Pacquiao did look too thus with useless muscle for his own good. I spotted that early on during the Fight Camp 360 episodes.
Pacquiao looked like he had packed on far too much muscle that had slowed him down to the point where he was like a little tank that couldn’t move well. But I think another part of Pacquiao’s problems is that he’s on the decline. He’s getting older now and with age, he’s losing speed and endurance.
In an article at philboxing.com, Ariza said “He [Pacquiao] over-trained a bit.” You think? It looked to me that he over-trained more than just a little bit. I think he went way too far into his training and I think Pacquiao would be better off without all this extra training. He doesn’t need a strength and conditioning trainer in my view and should just focus on being light and fast rather than putting on a bunch of bulk that only slows him down and makes him struggle more with his endurance. I think Pacquiao needs to lose some weight and move down to a weight that he can make without having to bulk up. It will prolong his career if he moves down in weight and I don’t know why his promoter Bob Arum can’t see that.
If he wants to get more mileage out of Pacquiao, he needs to take him back down to lightweight or light welterweight and have him fight at those weights instead of having him power feed and bulk up with a strength and conditioning coach. If I’m Arum, I’m losing Ariza and moving Pacquiao back down in weight in his next fight and keeping him down at lightweight or whatever weight that he can now safely make and trying to keep him from burning out. Pacquiao looks like someone that isn’t suited for the welterweight division and I think it’s helping him by keeping him up there with constant eating and strength exercises.
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