Manny Pacquiao: Roach Admits Fighter Not a KO Artist at 147
So what happened to that bloodthirsty gentleman who used to terrorize opponents in the ring?
Despite looking sensational the past several years, Manny Pacquiao has failed to score a knockout post 2009. In fact, his last seven victories have come via decision and he's scored knockdowns in only 3 of his last 10 fights.
What's the deal with Manny?
Why aren't the knockouts coming?
And sans the Chris Algieri fight, where are those beautiful knockdowns we'd grown accoustomed to?
For starters, the Filipino star seems to be a kindler, gentler fella these days and is seemingly more content with allowing opponents to hang on for the ride as. Such was the case, presumably, in his bouts with Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley.
Also, given Manny was considered the world's best prizefighter from 2009 to 2012 and he began to attract larger, more mainstream audiences during that time, his opponents were undoubtedly in the best possible condition and prepared to do whatever it took to finish on their feet to avoid the embarrassment of being stopped.
Joshua Clottey and Chris Algieri anyone?
Simply going the distance with PacMan in a losing effort would - and still will - elevate most fighters' stock.
But perhaps trainer Freddie Roach has the best explanation for Manny's lack of thud the last several years.
"He's not a big puncher at 147," Roach recently told FightHype.
"At 140, he's a better puncher. He didn't carry the punch up to 147lbs. He's not a big puncher at that weight division and he never will be."
It's not uncommon for a fighter who had been previously destructive in one weight class to move up a division or two and not be as destructive. Opponents in a higher weight classes are typically not only bigger and stronger, but longer. Hence, a 5'6" fighter like Manny, on the average, can more easily land cleaner shots on an opponent his height than a well-schooled technician who is 2, 3 or 4 inches taller and with a longer reach.
Roberto Duran is a fine example of a great fighter who didn't carry his power north after exiting the lightweight division. Roy Jones, on the other hand, carried his power from middleweight to super middleweight but didn't quite have the same starch at light heavyweight.
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