Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao is determined to make a comeback, not just against Jessie Vargas, but also for a re-birth of some sort of his career. Call it a second wind, if you may, but it may not be that easy.
Manny Pacquiao age and father time may have a thing or two to say about his return to the sport, among other things, such as his legislative responsibilities and religion.
Close to 38 years old, “Pacman” isn’t exactly what one would call spring chicken, but he hasn’t slowed down so much either. He is still in a good position to compete and beat the best out there, such as Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, or even Floyd Mayweather after Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas on November.
At least that’s what Freddie Roach and Manny believes at this point in his career.
“Manny still has a good future in boxing, I think,” Freddie Roach said in a report by Boxingscene.
“And I really want him to fight Floyd Mayweather, one more time, just to shut him up. I know we can fight a better fight. I know Manny can beat him.”
When the time comes that Manny Pacquiao age actually becomes a hindrance, his coach and father figure Freddie Roach said he already has a deal with his ward on the matter.
“We have an agreement that he will retire when I tell him, but I haven’t seen that step lost yet. In his last fight, he fought a very good fight. We saw a lot of aggressiveness come out of Manny.” Roach said according to Yahoo! Sports.
Many feel Pacman’s devotion to religion has diverted his aggression and dulled his fighting instincts, and that could pose as a hindrance toward knocking out his opponents. He’s become a bit complacent and seems to lack the drive to win in stunning fashion.
“He has the killer instinct coming back and I like that a lot. With his religion, it (the killer instinct) got away from him for a little while, but he is very dedicated to his religion also and that makes the training a little more difficult.” Freddie Roach added.
Just how much would it continue to affect his attitude coming back from retirement, we do not know yet, or, if he’s returning with a new outlook. For now, it is enough to know that Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas is something the Filipino champ really wants and has taken much heat for it. He might as well convince everyone how serious he is by making a strong statement.
If Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas turns out to be a great fight, we might as well expect better matches to follow in 2017, compelling for a rematch with Mayweather.
Do you think religion will hinder his performance, or that Manny Pacquiao age will prove a major factor in his decision to return to the sport he loves?
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