Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
Manny Pacquiao is far from a complete fighter, has “no reach“, needs to utilise his southpaw jab more often and “comes in throwing punches like a woman“, according to a stiff appraisal provided by Floyd Mayweather Sr, the father and former trainer of Pacquiao’s welterweight rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. The American, who has trained a variety of fighters such as female athlete Laila Ali, Ricky Hatton and UFC star BJ Penn, would “change Pacquiao totally” as a boxer.
“Yeah! I can improve him,” Mayweather Sr explained to On The Ropes radio recently. “Improving him [but] he’d still not [be] at the status where he can beat little Floyd because he don’t have the agility to do what it takes to beat little Floyd.”
Breaking down a potential match-up with Mayweather Jr, a fight that the boxing world has been craving for over two years and one that may come to fruition in 2012, Floyd Sr said: “He’s shorter than little Floyd and everything. Pacquiao is a shorter man.
“He ain’t got no reach and he ain’t no jabber. He just comes in throwing punches like a woman. I just really can’t agree to say nothing like that where Pacquiao could ever whop Floyd on the up and up! I just don’t see it.
“I would change him totally as a fighter,” asserted the outspoken 58-year-old. “I would change him totally as a fighter and I would have him jabbing a lot more than he is jabbing, and I would have him moving his head.”
Mayweather Sr, though, was swift to announce that he had no intention of working with Pacquiao, who is currently trained by Freddie Roach out of the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
“I’m not training him right now so it don’t make no difference, and I’m not going to train him so it don’t make no difference.”
Pacquiao has a record of 53-3-2 with 38ko. He takes on Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday, November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.
On Mayweather Jr he said: “The defence that he uses is the defence that I taught him—the shoulder roll!”
Mayweather Jr (41-0-0, 25ko) has an imminent examination as he returns to the sport following a 14-month hiatus to challenge Victor Ortiz for his WBC welterweight world championship. The two fight on Saturday, September 17 in the MGM Grand.