Mayweather Sr: Pacquiao hasn’t knocked anybody out in five damn years!
By Chris Williams: Trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. thinks it’s comical to hear talk of Manny Pacquiao being able to possibly score a knockout over Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their fight in two weeks from now on 5/2. Floyd Sr., like a lot of boxing fans, has noticed that Pacquiao hasn’t knocked anyone out since 2009 when he defeated Miguel Cotto in a strength-draining catch-weight at 145 pounds.
With zero knockouts ever since in Pacquiao’s last nine fights, Floyd Sr. doesn’t see him as having any chance at all of scoring a knockout when his power seemingly has abandoned him since that catch-weight fight against Cotto six long years ago.
“This [expletive] hasn’t knocked anybody out in five damn years. What the hell is that? You’ve been knocking out all of these big guys and now what? You know what the problem is?” Floyd Sr. said via RingTV.com.
The bad news for Pacquiao is that unless he does score a knockout of Mayweather then his chances of getting a win on May 2nd aren’t very good. It’s not that Pacquiao isn’t a good fighter, it’s that Mayweather never ever gets out-boxed by anyone. Nobody beats Mayweather by a decision.
That’s just the reality of it. Pacquiao’s only way of getting a decision over Mayweather is if he can duplicate the effort that he put in against former kickboxer Chris Algieri last November in knocking him down six times in the fight. If Pacquiao can drop Mayweather six times, then I think Pacquiao can win this fight by a decision. But anything less than that, I see him losing by a decision or possibly a knockout depending on how reckless and sloppy he is on offense.
Pacquiao’s lack of punching power for the 147 pound weight class is worrisome. That’s his biggest problem by far in his game. His trainer Freddie Roach brags about how Pacquiao would be still knocking everyone out left and right if he were fighting at 140 instead of 147, but the problem is Pacquiao is not fighting at 140. He’s fighting at 147. Roach also says that Pacquiao isn’t knocking guys out like he used to because he doesn’t have the killer instinct he once had. Roach also thinks that Pacquiao might not have the testosterone that he once had also.
“Maybe his [Pacquiao] testosterone level now is lower and that’s taking away from his killer instinct,” Roach said via Fighthype.com.
I don’t think it’s a case of testosterone that’s causing Pacquiao problems. He’s attacking like he always done in his fights, but his power doesn’t seem to be the same that it once was. I know some fighters lose strength as they age, and that could be the problem that Pacquiao has. A young George Foreman was knocking everyone out, but he clearly wasn’t the same puncher when he was in his 40s. Even Bernard Hopkins has seen a drop off in his knockouts as he’s aged.
With Pacquiao seemingly without the power that he once had, he’s going to need a perfectly placed shot for him to score a knockout. If he can’t land the perfect shot then he’s going to need Mayweather to standstill long enough for him to hurt him. Since Pacquiao doesn’t have the crushing power he once had, it probably means Mayweather will need to stand perfectly still for at least nine or ten rounds like Joshua Clottey foolishly did in his fight against Pacquiao in 2010 in order for him to get a knockout. Even then, I don’t see Pacquiao being able to knock Mayweather out. Mayweather isn’t just going to stand still without defending and throwing shots back, and that’s the basic for Pacquiao. He won’t have a slower, weak-punching Tim Bradley or a former kickboxer like Algieri in the ring with him on May 2nd, he’s going to have the best fighter in boxing in there with him.
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