By Lou Block
I pondered that question for a while, and came to realization that Manny Pacquiao has never beat a fighter without having all the advantages in his favor.
The only times he fought guys on even playing fields or without advantages he struggled and lost or got a gift decision.
When he fought a past prime Erik Morales it was the first time he didn’t have advantages in his favor like the Cleto Reyes gloves or a catchweight, he fought Morales at 130 pounds a new weight class for Manny Pacquiao, and got spanked by a faded Erik Morales.
The only other fighter that Pacquiao fought who he didn’t have advantages over was Juan Manuel Marquez and we saw how those fights played out; Pacman got outboxed in the first fight and got a draw, and in the second fight he got a gift decision over Marquez.
Look at all the big fights, and in every single fight Manny Pacquiao had an advantage over his opponent.
When Manny fought Marco Antonio Barrera in 2003, he got a distracted and unfocused Barrera. Marco was having a lot of distractions during training camp and couldn’t focus, and Pacquiao was able to capitalize on this. If Barrera was in his prime and had a good training camp it would be a much different story.
When Manny fought Oscar De La Hoya, he drained him to 147 pounds, got the smaller gloves and beat up on a weak and frail Golden Boy. Floyd Mayweather fought Oscar at 154 pounds and Oscar had all the advantages, he had the ring size, the glove size, and the weight advantages in his favor and Floyd still whooped his butt.
When Manny fought Ricky Hatton, he fought a guy who was already knocked out by Floyd Mayweather and was struggling with his weight, alcohol and drug problems. At least Floyd made it easy on Hatton and fought him at 147 so he didn’t have to drain his body down to 140. Floyd fought a fresh prime undefeated Hatton.
When Manny fought Miguel Cotto, he fought him at a catchweight of 145-pounds and coming off a devastating beating by Antonio Margarito and a tough fight with Joshua Clottey. Cotto was drained and weak in the fight and was a shell of himself making it easy for Pacman to prevail.
When Manny fought Antonio Margarito, he fought him at a catchweight of 150-pounds for a 154-pound belt and got Margarito coming off a long lay-off and a knockout by Sugar Shane Mosley. Margarito had difficulty making weight and will fight at 154 in his next fight. Margarito was another washed up fighter who Pacquiao and his team handpicked.
And now Manny Pacquiao is fighting a past prime Sugar Shane Mosley, who just got beat up badly by Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Can you see the pattern here? Where are the prime fighters that Manny Pacquiao beat? And why is it when he fought guys on an even playing field where he didn’t have advantages in his favor he lost or struggled?
I hope Mosley shocks the world and knocks out Pacquiao to expose him for the media hype he is. I am not insulting Manny as a person, but in terms of boxing, he is being built up by the media against old and tailor made fighters.
He has never faced a young prime or undefeated top fighter in his life, and if he did face a defensive slick boxer he will lose.
I’ll say this, Bob Arum and Freddie Roach have done an amazing job handling and protecting Pacquiao from losing.
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