Boxing experts weigh in on Pacquiao’s abilities

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

April 16, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – In media reports Manny Pacquiao insists that his time as a top boxer is not over.

But some critics continue to debate Pacquiao’s abilities, even after he earned a unanimous decision win over Timothy Bradley last Saturday.

Antonio Valdivia, a manager at UFC gym in San Bruno, Calif., believes the knockout punch delivered by Juan Manual Marquez in 2012 took away his killer instinct.

“It was a bad knock out,” Valdivia said. “It just makes fighters fight scared. He is old and it is boxing. It’s all repetitive shots to the head. He’s done everything he’s going to do. I just say retire.”

But Darren Uyenoyama, owner and trainer at FTCC gym in Daly City said Pacquiao is still at the top of his game.

“I think his technical ability is as technical as ever,” Uyenoyama said. “He makes guys miss. He’s actually become a more intelligent fighter. As his physical attributes fade he has to become smarter and that’s how he’s beating guys now.”

Despite calls for retirement from Pacquiao’s mother and wife, some boxing analysts believe that the current WBO welterweight champion may pursue possible fights against his top rivals Juan Manuel Marquez or Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Marquez, who will fight Mike Alvarado on May 17, may fight Pacquiao for the fifth time in pursuit of the WBO welterweight belt.

Philippine boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz suggested a third option for the Filipino boxer.

Nathanielsz believes that a welterweight title fight against Pacquiao’s former sparring partner Amir Khan can be lucrative for the fighting congressman.

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  • JRB
    16 April 2014 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Like they always say when the cat away the mouse plays, well my friends and all boxer experts, you all forgot to say is the cat is Mayweather and he is away watching the mouse fight all the time with has been boxers and getting old and slow and has no power punch anymore the mouse name is Manny Pacquiao. Hate to tell you all that Manny has only one last fight in him and if he thinks he can beat Mayweather ? You have to fight Mayweather your next fight don’t wait to long Manny your getting old by the minute.