Steward says Pacquiao spreading himself thin

Posted at 12/08/11 9:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing trainer and commentator Emanuel Steward believes Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao may have burned himself out because of all the commitments he had to attend to before fighting Juan Manuel Marquez last November 12.

Steward, who trained the likes of Oscar de la Hoya, Lennox Lewis and Thomas Hearns, said Pacquiao’s numerous activities are beginning to take their toll on the Filipino.

“I think also his personal life and his political life have got to affect him. It seems like he’s spread himself kind of thin now. I think he’s got too overloaded in too many ways now,” said the boxing trainer in Examiner.com.

Steward said the extra-curricular activities, coupled with Pacquiao’s work ethic in training, mean bad news to the Filipino boxer.

“He’s an extremely, extremely hard trainer, which means there is a lot of wear and tear on his body,” he said.

Pacquiao won the bought against Marquez and retained his WBO welterweight title, but many boxing analysts say he performed poorly and didn't deserve to win.

'Pac vs Floyd still 50/50'

Meanwhile, Steward believes the chances for a Pacquiao fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. are still “50/50.”

He said the negotiations might get muddled because there are too many people involved.

“It’s 50/50, that’s about it. It’s not so much the fighters, there’s just so many people involved. You got the promoters, a million agents, advisors; you got bad feelings between this promoter and that promoter. There’s lawsuit and they’re suing each other for defamation and you have to take care of the lawsuit before fighting, so it’s a lot more complicated. It’s something the public wants but there’s too many other factors.”

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