With the exception of Joshua Clottey who went into hiding at the back of his gloves practically almost the entire 12 rounds in Dallas last March 13, 2010, Manny Pacquiao seemed to have acquired a habit of using his bigger opponent’s face as a human canvas for his boxing masterpieces. Amazingly, his finished products continue to improve and I will not be surprised if they will soon be auctioned.
Alex Ariza must have done a really good job in Pacquiao as it was since the Diaz fight when Ariza teamed up with Roach to make sure Manny would be able to not only carry but even improve further his power and speed against bigger would-be opponents.
People should stop comparing Pacquiao’s performances in the pre-Diaz fight because we all have seen it and we all know it, Manny Pacquiao is no longer the same fighter who had some troubles with Marquez and was out-boxed by Morales in the first installment of their epic trilogy.
While most top boxers no matter how great their trainers are would tend to fight the way they always used to in a marquee fight (case in point Ricky Hatton when he faced Pacquiao), Manny Pacquiao on the other hand have made so much improvement in his footwork, punching accuracy in both hands, defense, power and most of all his ability to execute a game plan to near perfection and to the delight of his trainer Freddie Roach.
So for those of you who think that Manny Pacquiao will now have trouble in the lower weight class as smaller men like Marquez are not as easily hittable as these bigger but slower guys, think again. Pacquiao at 126 lbs. and 130 lbs. downed Marquez four times in their 2 outings. Try to imagine how Marquez will handle if those punches had the same power he used to send Hatton to retirement and broke Margarito’s orbital bone?
As Pacquiao moved to Welterweight and there abouts give and take, his skills and punching power had been phenomenal. The tougher an opponent, the more damage he seems to inflict on their faces. Check out the slideshow to validate.