By Jamal Dicky
I have to give Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, the congressman from the Philippines, his props for taking it to Antonio Margarito on Saturday night in Texas.
I didn’t buy the fight, but I did watch it at a friends house, cause I was boycotting the Pay-per-view because of Antonio Margarito getting a license to fight again and collect $3 to 7 million win or lose and the simple fact that Manny Pacquiao refuses to take Olympic style random blood testing against Floyd Mayweather Jr .
We shouldn’t reward someone who was caught cheating with illegal handwraps one of the most unforgivable sins in boxing. That is attempted murder, but no use in complaining since Manny took care of business and busted the Tijuana Tornado’s face so badly including his orbital bone, which required surgery.
However, I wasn’t fully impressed with Manny Pacquiao’s win over Margarito. It was nothing new, I seen Manny go against that same type of style — big guy, no foot work, no head movement, no hand speed, slow and predictable. It’s a way to sell Manny to the masses as this invincible little man who can take out giants, but the hardcore boxing fan is still waiting for Manny to fight a different style of fighter — a slick African American boxer with speed and accuracy.
I believe that Manny Pacquiao’s handlers — Freddie Roach and Bob Arum — know that their fighter’s kryptonite is Slick black fighters. It’s been known through out history the best fighters in boxing are African American fighters.
When Manny moved up to 135 he fought the weakest of champions, David Diaz, for his WBC belt, and won the lightweight strap by knockout. Pacquiao cut Diaz up so bad and knocked him out in the 9th round.
That belt had no significance. The man at the time was Nate Campbell who won the lineal title from Juan Diaz. Juan Diaz held the distinction as the man at 135 pounds until Nate Campbell beat him up in a lopsided decision that took so much out of Juan that he was never the same again. Arum avoided making a super fight between Nate Campbell the real champion at 135 because he was too risky for Manny to fight, instead, he decided just to let Manny fight David Diaz who was also Arum’s fighter.
Manny Pacquiao is a product of proper image publicity and matchmaking similar to Lady Gaga, a pop singer who uses gimmicks to capture the attention to make people believe she actually is the most talented singer when she is just a studio creation, take away all her outlandish clothing and make-up you are left with a basic singer with no personality or outstanding voice.
As Pacquiao went up in weight he was pit in with Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito — all are flat footed, come forward boxers with no slick defensive skills and either coming off a loss or horrible performances.
The moment that Manny and his people put him in there with a slick African American boxer, people watching will see the truth and Manny Pacquiao’s weaknesses will be exposed.
The closest thing to a prime slick fighter that Manny fought was Juan Manuel Marquez, and in both fights Manny Pacquiao lost on the majority of ringside observers cards, but he was gifted a draw in the first meeting and a split decision victory in the second.
Marquez was able to counter Manny with the right hand, throw fast combos in succession and prevent the Filipino dynamo from implementing his ferocious style. Marquez isn’t as fast as a Floyd Mayweather Jr., Andre Berto, or Timothy Bradley but he was still quicker than Manny and hit him all night.
I see Manny Pacquiao having the same problems he had with Marquez but worse if he ever stepped in the ring with the three black boxers mentioned above.
Manny only looks fast when he is put in with slow guys who don’t have any head movement or foot speed. Marquez had quicker combo’s than Manny and faster punch timing.
Pacquiao reminds me of Julio Cesar Chavez, He fought Meldrick Taylor in a controversial stoppage win, and he fought Pernell Whitaker a fight that Pernell should have won but was robbed by the judges.
Chavez had trouble with slick black fighters and got exposed in both fights. Manny will face the same fate the moment he faces one of these guys faster than him and with quick counter punch combos.
The remedy to defeat Manny Pacquiao is out there, but will we ever see Manny Pacquiao face one?
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