By Lou Block
Throughout boxing history there has never been a fighter like Manny Pacquiao who got better past the age of 30 and moved up in weight from flyweight to welterweight while not only retaining his speed and power but could take the punches of bigger men.
Manny Pacquiao used to get dropped by a jab at bantamweight, knocked out at flyweight, but now he is taking the punches of guys like Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, and Joshua Clottey?
In this day and age, athletes are willing to do anything to stay in the game longer, to get that physical edge over their opponent and this is why many people not only the Floyd Mayweather family but others are questioning if Manny Pacquiao is a natural.
Freddie Roach never changed Manny’s fighting style all he did was add a new strength and conditioning coach named Alex Ariza who openly said that “Manny Pacquiao doesn’t know what type of supplements he gives him” and even refers to this concoction as a “Yellow powder or mix”, this is when Pacquiao started to change and become a monster in the ring.
Below is a YouTube video that does an amazing highlight showing the transformation of Manny Pacquiao from his early boxing years to the present. It shows clearly that Manny Pacquiao hasn’t evolved style wise as a boxer, in fact, he is the same fighter, using the same style and combos.
If you noticed as he moves up in weight he actually walks through fire just to land his punches, not giving a crap if he gets hit by bigger men, this is the same guy who was scared to trade with Juan Manuel Marquez at featherweight and was running away from Erik Morales in their first fight, but now he is walking bigger guys down who outweigh him by 15-25 pounds and letting guys like Miguel Cotto and Margarito land heavy shots on him.
Manny Pacquiao was on a decline in his rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera, but all of a sudden when he moves up to lightweight and hires Alex Ariza the man with the mysterious supplements, he becomes stronger, and more energetic with a more muscular and ripped body. Everything seems unreal, he can take a better punch, he throws more punches than he did at the lowerweights, and his stamina and ability to walk through bigger men is not normal.
People are also quick to forget Shane Mosley admitted to taking steroids but never tested positive, it shows how fighters can be on designer steroids and pass these athletic commission urine tests.
We can’t fault the Mayweather family for thinking the way they do about Manny Pacquiao.
The only way Manny Pacquiao can erase the doubt in peoples minds is to undergo random blood testing for his next fight.
A great video uploaded by versacorp3000 showing the transformation of Manny Pacquiao:
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