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Pacquiao in PBA

Kia’s Manny Pacquiao leads the fastbreak during his PBA comeback against Meralco yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Bolts won, 99-93. (Courtesy of PBA)

Manny Pacquiao is arriving in Manila from General Santos City today to show up when lightweight Kia meets heavyweight Talk ‘N Text in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Still on cloud nine following Kia’s stunning win over defending champion Purefoods exactly a week ago, Pacquiao might see action against the league-leading Tropang Texters although just about everyone in his camp are hoping he remains focused on coaching and inspiring the players than risk injury.

Pacquiao is set to face Floyd Mayweather in a welterweight super fight on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and his fans and followers and members of his team are keeping their fingers crossed that he stick to coaching.

Last week, Pacquiao scored a point and handed off an assist in four minutes of play in the Carnival’s 95-84 victory over the Hotshots.

During that time, Mayweather hadn’t made a formal announcement about his May 2 showdown with Pacquiao and the brash US fighter only done so three days later.

Kia team manager Eric Pineda said that if Pacquiao decides to play, it will be another cameo appearance.

“He will be staying outside, away from where the action is,” said Pineda, who just came from Kia’s workout.

Pacquiao has actually kicked off the conditioning phase of his training in General Santos City and he intends to start training camp proper in the US in the second week of March, in time for the arrival of Freddie Roach from Macau.

  • Pastor Burt

    I understand why Mayweather has to be the favorite. Mayweather has a perfect unblemished record. But his record was a carefully managed record where he specifically avoided not merely Pacquiao but other fighters which he perceived could defeat him, especially and purposely from southpaws. Mayweather, now at the end of his career, has finally taken this match with Pacquiao, because he realizes that his boxing success in the history of the sport will be discounted and forgotten if he never fights Pacquiao. Mayweather has to fight Pacquiao.

    For Pacquiao, defeating Mayweather is simple and straight forward. What Pacquiao cannot do is merely attack with simply a one punch jab ever. Mayweather is a defensive artist, so that when a boxer throws only the single jab, then Mayweather attacks. Understand what Pacquiao has to do round after round is attack not with the single jab, but with three, four, and five punch combinations. Pacquiao knows this, and Mayweather knows it as well. So long as Pacquiao comes forward works inside negating Mayweather’s five inch reach advantage, plays angels side to side taking advantage with his quicker speed, leads his attacks with combinations, Mayweather will be frustrated because he will not have the chance to get off.

    Mayweather will be able to hit Pacquiao’s body. That will be open to Mayweather the entire match. But Pacquiao’s body is like hitting steal. Mayweather will all too soon realize that attacking Pacquio’s body – as Forman found out attacking Ali’s body – gets him nowhere but lost rounds. Mayweather’s only response will be to grab and clinch Pacquiao immediately, or to run which again loses him rounds. By the eighth round, Mayweather will out of necessity abandon the body attack and go head hunting. Pacquiao is unlike any boxer Mayweather has ever fought. Pacquiao will best Mayweather because (1) Pacquiao is two years younger, (2) Pacquiao’s faster and speed kills, (3) Pacquiao’s stronger, (4) Pacquiao’s a southpaw, (5) and when Pacquiao hits an adversary, those punches – as Oscar Del La Hoya attests to – really really hurt. Pacquiao does not have to knock out Floyd Mayweather to win, but Mayweather has to knock out Pacquiao because he will lose too many rounds otherwise to gain the decision.

    The quality of Pacquiao’s fighting technique has declined as he too has advanced in age. But there is a reason for this. In the beginning, boxing for Pacquiao was everything; life or death. Today, being successful, becoming a serious Christian, elected to Congress, committed to philanthropy, boxing is no longer his whole life. He has a life, a wife, a career, children, while Mayweather is still a poor man only with money. Poor Mayweather. Taking that next fight is not for Pacquiao the challenge it once was and in some cases appears to bore him a bit. But then again, Mayweather has been running from this fight with Pacquiao for a dozen years. This fight for both Pacquiao and Mayweather is like the fountain of youth, and Pacquiao comes to this fight once again carrying the entire Philippian nation on his shoulders. Unless one of them injures themselves in training, both of these fighters are going to come to this fight on May 2nd with enough testosterone and adrenaline to fill and flood the MGM Grand. Again for this fight, both these fighters will be young men again. This fight means everything. This will be a great tactical fight, like none other. The victor, Pacquiao!