Former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KO’s) has seen better days.
The loser of three of his last six fights, the 36-year-old might not be ready to put down his gloves just yet, but after losing the fight of his dreams in May against Floyd Mayweather Jr., there isn’t much more for the 36-year-old to prove.
To remain a top competitor in the sport of boxing, you need to be constantly involved in the sport. Pacquiao is no longer one of those fighters – he hasn’t been for some years – and it might be the perfect time to call it quits.
Some fans have an alternate perspective based on their personal preferences. When Pacquiao assumed office as a Congressman in his native country, many people didn’t see it as a problem because, ‘Oh, it’s the great Manny Pacquiao! He can do anything!’
Pacquiao has proven that he’s human just like anybody else.
Since assuming office, Pacquiao has fought nine times. Although a 6-3 record is nothing to go home ashamed about, if we’re comparing the pre-Congressman Pacquiao to the Pacquiao of today – the two are simply incomparable.
The Pacquiao that took out the likes of Barrera, Morales, De La Hoya, Hatton and Cotto, would annihilate the Pacquiao we have right now. The hand speed was phenomenal, and he had tremendous punching power in both his left and right hands.
Although he was primarily an offensive machine, under the tutelage of Freddie Roach, Pacquiao was not only able to block shots effectively, but evade punches after getting in a quick combination.
Before Roach, Pacquiao was a primarily one-handed fighter with no concept of protecting himself.
The Pacquiao of today isn’t able to land the way he used to. He gets clocked with counter shots as Mayweather demonstrated throughout the second-half of their bout in May.
Sure, the fight against Chris Algieri made it look like Pacquiao turned the clock back to 2008, but the fact of the matter is, Algieri was inexperienced and definitely didn’t belong in the same ring as Pacquiao last November.
Some are going to point the finger at PEDS for the reason for the fall – but due to the lack of actual evidence – we’re just going to leave that up for the audience to decide.
The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight certainly would have been more attractive around 2009-2010.
Even if you put a 1981 Muhammad Ali against an amateurish type heavyweight from that period, you’d likely see the same results.
Look at what Roy Jones Jr. was able to do to Eric Watkins last week. Do you think Jones would be able to repeat that against Krzysztof Glowacki? I don’t think so.
The only reason I can accept Pacquiao fighting again would be for a Mayweather rematch, which is highly unlikely after the “Shouldergate” mess, or a fight against former unified 140-lb. champion Danny Garcia.
Growing up, I enjoyed Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya fights – two guys that really opened my eyes into working full-time in this sport – but there comes a time when it’s time to face the clouds.
It’s time for Manny Pacquiao to hang up the gloves.