By Reni M. Valenzuela
There is always a concealed sinister purpose in every word of flattery uttered insincerely.
Forty five days to May 7, a well known boxing bigwig was reported to have been “obviously impressed with what he saw” during his recent visit to Manny Pacquiao’s training camp in Baguio City and was heard commenting: “This is so early and look how great he is. He can fight next week…He looks terrific. He looks very, very good.”
As if telling Pacquiao and Freddie Roach that they have done already a great job in their two-week training, well enough that they may now go easy preparing for the May 7 showdown so that come fight night, Mosley may have the chance to pull a “miracle,” beating the world’s current best and greatest boxer at his prime.
And if that happens, the bigwig may be falsely considered vindicated from all the flak he received and be rendered “genius”, after all, in choosing Sugar Shane Mosley as a “worthy” opponent to Pacquiao and that a lot of people, including experts and scribes in boxing worldwide may be proven wrong and goofy pundits.
Secondly, a consequent “compelling” rematch and a plausible, “justifiable” Pacquiao-Mosley trilogy would expectedly be pushed by the “bigwig,” being another big production hit shows that would definitely mean a whopping double “big purse” again for the “bigwigs” and that such “big fights” may “reasonably” serve as a “big excuse” to evade for the nth time a legitimate Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy.
One sure way for the Pacman to lose to Mosley is for Pacquiao and Roach to be overconfident and lax in training to face a fading but strong opponent, just as the outcome would have been different when Pacquiao fought Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito had he failed to adequately prepare for each bout.
Pacquiao, therefore, should beware of flatteries coming from influential people who may have the motive to wish him defeat in his forthcoming bout with Sugar Shane.
No matter how hard Mosley may train, he is not a tough opponent for the pound-for-pound king at this time. But that doesn’t make sense whatsoever for a lackluster preparation and a thoughtless battle-plan in the Team Pacquiao.
The Pacman must know how to separate the wheat from the chaff. And he should succumb neither to flatteries nor cunning devices both from within and from without.
West Triangle, QC
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