With over two years of on-again and off-again negotiations between Team Pacquiao and Team Mayweather, Manny’s trainer Freddie Roach has not lost sight of the difficulties that Floyd poses for Pacquiao. Roach feels that Floyd’s style of fighting can cause troubles for Manny especially after the success that Juan Manuel Marquez just had against Manny last November. According to a Friday January 7th report by BoxingScene.com, Freddie Roach made the following comments:
“We do have trouble with the counterpunching style, and Floyd is a great counterpuncher. We have to go in with a good game plan. The thing is, Mayweather is very precise and very conservative with his punches. But he’s very accurate and he lands good shots. There’s no doubt it’s a tough fight. It’s a challenge and that’s why I like it. And Mayweather is the biggest challenge for me and Manny,”
JMM proved that Manny is susceptible to an elite level of counterpunching, which Floyd is the best at. This is something that the faithful Mayweather fans have been stating since late 2009 when talks initially began between the two fighters.
Unfortunately for boxing fans, there’s no real optimism in thinking this fight will happen. Every time one hurdle is cleared, two more pop up. Despite Arum’s public image of trying to make this fight happen, he’s just as much to blame as anyone in Floyd’s camp including Mayweather himself. With two stubborn, selfish men involved in negotiations, it makes it very difficult for compromise and a contractual agreement.
Roach and Pacquiao will need to come up with a solid plan to defeat Floyd. Pacquiao fans and Mayweather haters will need accept the fact that Manny will not be able to step in the ring and just dominate the best defensive fighter in the sport like he did against Clottey, Cotto, Margarito and Hatton to name a few. Pacquiao will have to use his speed, volume of punches, and protect himself against Floyd’s counterpunching. That’s easier said than done. Just ask the 42 other guys who tried against Floyd. However, if there’s anyone in boxing that can do this, it is the sports P4P best Manny. For more on BoxingScene’s report, click here.
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