Manny Pacquiao running out of KO’s, moving down division?

Manny Pacquiao running out of KO’s, moving down division?

It seems like the hype of Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley has waned down. There is less of fuss and anticipation of their coming fight. And fans cannot be blamed for minding less the upcoming boxing event after a disappointing turn of events in the Manny Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight. It seems like fans are demanding an explosive fight from Manny Pacquiao, but Pacquiao allegedly admits having difficulty achieving KO’s in his fight.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight somehow changed the people’s view of Pacquiao being a knockout puncher. And even his trainer Freddie Roach’s statements or predictions of KO’s are considered lightly due to the recent fight outcomes of Manny. It can be remembered that KO’s were the trademark of Pacquiao before 2010.

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And the years that followed, boxing fans somehow witnessed the gradual disappearance of KO’s and together with it, almost the thrill of watching a Manny Pacquiao boxing fight. Pacquiao is likewise conscious of the significance of knockouts during a fight, but he also admits the difficulty of achieving it.

“It is harder to knock out opponents in the 147-pound division,” Pacquiao shared with ESPN Deportes via Boxing Scene. “Because, in fact, my natural weight is 140-pounds and if I demand a little more of myself, I can get down to 135.”

Pacquiao, with 57 wins and 38 KO’s, cannot be blamed for his decision to move upward while considering such calculated risk. Having a heart of a real championship, “The Pacman” tried to explore almost every division of boxing in search of tough opponents. But if you are one of those few who wishes Pacquiao to return to the lightweight and score more KO’s, then it might not be that plausible. Chris Williams of Boxing News explains that:

“The time for Pacquiao to have moved back down to 135 is long since passed. Pacquiao had his chance to move back down to 135lbs after his win over Oscar De La Hoya in 2008. But instead of moving back down to lightweight, Pacquiao chose to move up to welterweight, where he has enjoyed large paydays ever since fighting the likes of Tim Bradley, Brandon Rios, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Chris Algieri. If Pacquiao was willing to take a pay cut in order to continue racking up knockouts, then he should have moved back down to 135. He chose not to do that, so the tradeoff is he’s not been able to knock the bigger guys out.”

But still even without the flurry of knockout punches in every match, Freddy Roach and even his upcoming opponent Timothy Bradley is cognizant of the danger that Pacquiao still poses. That is why Bradley expressed that he and his camp prepared a strategy in their upcoming fight this April. And guess we would just have to wait and see if a KO will be materialized in Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley event.

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