Before the onslaught of hatred inevitably comes, just let me make one thing clear: Manny Pacquiao remains one of, if not the, best fighters on the planet.
The ludicrous record of having won world titles in eight different weight classes speaks for itself, while the high-octane style of the Pac Man means you are almost guaranteed a whirlwind of action whenever this Filipino sensation steps between the ropes.
However, Father Time is an impossibly tough man to avoid. Illustrious boxing alumni such as Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis have all felt the wrath of the unrelenting decline of age, and there are the first tentative signs in the greatest fighter of today that things are starting to slow down.
While Pacquiao still remains among the elite of boxing’s current landscape, the question to ask is how the Pacquiao of today would have fared against the juggernaut that first exploded onto the world stage when he beat Oscar De La Hoya in 2008.
The following signs, I believe, make the answer conclusive.