Despite his convincing win against American Timothy Bradley, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is no longer the same fighter he used to be, according to boxing analyst Atty. Ed Tolentino.
Tolentino, who serves as a long time local boxing analyst for many professional boxing fights, however said that the 37-year-old Pacquiao (58-6-2 win-loss-record with 38 knockouts) is still in good condition to outbox other world champions.
“Pacquiao is no longer the same fighter he used to be,” Tolentino told The Manila Times via phone interview after watching the bout. “But what he has left is still good enough for him to beat some decent fighters out there.”
Pacquiao scored two knockdowns against Bradley Saturday (Sunday in Manila) on the way to a unanimous decision win in their third bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
It was also his second win against Bradley since 2014 April.
Those two wins were also a huge proof that Bradley’s first victory in 2012 via controversial split decision against Pacquiao was a fluke.
“The blitzkrieg of punches is gone,” added Tolentino. “He is more judicial with his punches now. But the timing is still there and the power is evident. He conversed his energy. He was ready to go 12 rounds. He didn’t want to force the issue.”
Tolentino also said that the decision of Pacquiao to retire from boxing is a good move. But Tolentino thinks that Pacquiao would only come out from retirement if ever a rematch with unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. will happen in the future.
“To go out showing that you still enough left is the best way. The way I see it only Floyd Mayweather can lure Pacquiao out of his retirement cocoon,” he said. “Manny can still compete but going out on this level is a rarity among athletes.”
“Saul Canelo Alvarez is too big. At his age Pacquiao should fight fighters in the same level. Mayweather is the ideal guy. Marquez would be great but he is a dinosaur now, inactive and nursing a nagging knee injury.”
Tolentino clarified that it is Pacquiao’s call if ever he retires for good.
“It is his call to make [retirement]. He says he is done but I’d like to see how he will react if Mayweather comes out of retirement and makes a pitch for a rematch,” he said. “If Manny wins a senate seat he will have something to fall back on after boxing.”
If ever he loses he will become idle and that’s when the boxing itch might strike again.”
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