Arum: Pacquiao will fight another two years and five more fights
By Chris Williams: For all of Manny Pacquiao’s love sick fans they might not like the news I’m about to give them. His promoter Bob Arum is saying that Pacquiao won’t be fighting past 2013, which will take Pacquiao through five more fights. That’s not too many more fights before Pacquiao heads off into the sunset.
But I can see Pacquiao wrapping things up even quicker than that if he continues to slow down like he’s been showing as of late. Pacquiao’s wheels are grinding to a halt, as he’s not able to move like he used to. The changes that have occurred in Pacquiao’s game in the past two years are startling to say the least.
Compare the way Pacquiao used to be able to move in 2009 and how he’s moving now and you’ll see that he’s no longer able to jump around. Pacquiao is now more of a plodder who looks haggard and winded between rounds. It’s that age working it’s terrible magic on Pacquiao, and also the punishment he’s absorbed in fights against Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito.
Pacquiao won all three of those fights handily, but he took quite a few really hard head shots. In Pacquiao’s last fight, they picked out a shot Shane Mosley and he was able to get through that fight with hardly getting hit. But it doesn’t matter, Pacquiao is slowing down like an old clock. I suppose he can get through another two years if he’s matched carefully, but if he’s put in with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Saul Alvarez and Victor Ortiz, he’s going to take a serious beating. The punishment that Pacquiao takes in those fights will really put some wear and tear on Pacquiao’s hide.
In an article at AssociatedContent.com. Arum said “I would envision five more fights for Pacquiao and that includes his fight this November 12 against Juan Manuel Marquez.”