Heavy sparring took its toll on Pacquiao - analyst
It's best for Manny to retire, says RingTV editor
MANILA – The decline in Manny Pacquiao’s recent performances can be traced to heavy sparring through the years, according to a boxing analyst who also believes it's time for the Filipino boxing idol to retire.
RingTV editor Doug Fischer said Pacquiao’s back-to-back losses or “slippage” in the ring may have been caused by all the heavy sparring he has had to go through.
“Part of his recent decline is the result of a cumulative effect from 100s of rounds of sparring against numerous sparring partners in many camps,” said Fischer in RingTV’s Dougie’s Friday Mailbag.
Pacquiao is known for his propensity to train heavily, especially when preparing for important fights.
He typically logs up to 120 rounds of sparring, depending on the type of opponent he’s facing.
Fischer said he has witnessed how the Filipino boxer trains at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California.
“Over the years, I’ve seen more than a few sparring partners ‘put hands’ on Manny, from Jose Armando Santa Cruz to Jorge Linares to Urbano Antillon to Shawn Porter and even Mike Dallas,” he said.
He said Pacquiao had his toughest sparring sessions when he was starting to breach the 140-and-above weight classes.
The Filipino superstar apparently wanted to make sure he could absorb heavy blows from bigger men like Antonio Margarito.
“His sparring sessions during the Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Josh Clottey and Antonio Margarito camps were especially hard. It eventually takes a toll,” said Fischer.
Fischer believes it could be one of the factors why Pacquiao lost his last fight to Juan Manuel Marquez. He also lost to American boxer Timothy Bradley.
“Who should Pacquiao fight next? Nobody. I think he should retire,” he said.
“But if he wants to continue, he might as well go for the glory and try to get JMM in the ring a fifth time.”