REIGNING World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is planning to move down weight class from welterweight to junior welterweight after his bout against unbeaten Chris Algieri on November 23 in Macau according to his long-time adviser Mike Koncz.
“Moving down to 140 lbs is good for Manny [Pacquiao] since that’s his natural weight,” Koncz told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Thursday. “We already talked about it many times and we’re expecting that’s also a good division for him.”
Koncz explained that Pacquiao felt that there are no longer worthy opponents in the welterweight class except undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. hence he wants to move down weight class.
“There are many names in the light welterweight class like Danny Garcia and most of them wanted to fight Pacquiao,” said Koncz, who will watch Pacquiao’s debut as KIA playing coach in the opener of Philippine Basketball Association Season 40 on Sunday at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
Freddie Roach’s assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez believes that the eight-division world champion would have no problem when he goes back to 140 pounds from 147 pounds, “I don’t think so. Manny’s speed and power will not be affected if he ever he moves down to junior welterweight. He knows his body and he’s comfortable [with that weight].”
Boxing analyst lawyer Ed Tolentino agreed that it would be advantageous for Pacquiao to fight in his natural weight of 140 pounds.
“The late Emanuel Steward, former trainer of Thomas Hearns, once said that the ideal weight for Pacman is 140 where he can still be devastating. Note that Pacquiao rarely reaches 147 lbs and most are catch weight and welterweight,” said Tolentino.
Tolentino believes that it would be more difficult for the Pacquiao-Mayweather super fight to happen if Pacman decided to move down weight class because the last time the unbeaten American weighed 140 pounds was in 2005.
“Going down to 140 pounds, I believe is a contingency plan in the event Mayweather continues to play hardball,” added Tolentino. “If ever Manny moves down, the fight with Mayweather will be difficult to happen.”