Arum saw shades of old Pacquiao in Rios fight
MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank Promotions chief executive Bob Arum saw shades of the “vintage” Manny Pacquiao in the Filipino champ’s rout of American Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in Macau last month.
Speaking to Hustle Boss, Arum said Pacquiao’s performance reminded him of how the “Pacman” looked when he dismantled Oscar De la Hoya in December 2008 – the bout that launched him into superstardom.
“He looked, to me, like he did when he fought De La Hoya,” Arum said. “Darting around, hitting from odd angles and disappearing before the guy could answer back.”
“That’s his best strategy,” he added.
Against the considerably slower Rios, Pacquiao put on a clinic on lateral movement, constantly peppering his opponent with right jabs and left hooks before slipping away quickly to avoid punishment.
It was the Filipino’s first victory since controversially beating Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez in November 2011.
Arum credited Pacquiao’s impressive performance to his training camp in the Philippines.
“I thought he looked terrific and well-rested. You see, the big problem with Manny is when he trains in L.A. (Los Angeles), he’s so busy with things in the Philippines that when he gets back to be, he’s on the phone, he’s texting and all that stuff,” Arum explained. “He doesn’t get any sleep.”
“But when he trains in the Philippines, that’s not possible, because when he goes to bed, everybody else is in bed,” he added.
“He was well rested, got plenty of sleep, worked just as hard. And that showed in his performance.”