By Troy Sparks
According to Bad Left Hook, one of their articles that was brought to my attention through Simon Vernon amazed me on the massive skeleton makeup of Mannny Pacquiao.
While other people compare boxing opponents by height, punching power experience, biceps, chests, thighs and neck, they forget where great fighters generate the ability to throw a punch and take a punch.
The research that was done on the size of a fighter's wrist can explain why a terrific speed puncher like Pacquiao has been successful lately.
Since the wrists are related to the skeletal frame, bigger wrists equal bigger bones, and that's why fighters can take a punch better than others.
Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have big wrists. Mayweather's wrists are measured at seven inches on a 5-foot-8 frame. Pacquiao's wrists are eight inches, and he's 5-6. The Pac Man's wrists are higher than the average boxer in the heavyweight division.
Mike Tyson and Joe Louis had the same size wrists as Pacquiao. The pound-for-pound champ has room in his body to grow, which means Pacquiao can move up or down in weight without losing speed.
Antonio Margarito is 5-11 with a wrist size of 7 1/2. Obviously, it didn't help him in losses to Shane Mosley and Pacquiao. In those losses, Margarito drained himself trying to make weight for those fights, which could have resulted in losing a lot of energy.
The average wrist size for a junior welterweight or a welterweight is 7 1/2 inches. Pacquiao's skeleton mass is so big that Mosley's trainer, Nazeem Richardson, will put money on it to prove his point. Well, if he bet a lot of money on his fighter scoring the upset, he would be better off blowing it at a casino.