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Ariza: Manny Pacquiao Can Handle Robert Guerrero

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

“Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao looked great in twelve rounds of sparring at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles on Saturday and strength and conditioning coach said if he stays this way, we’ll have a great show against Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on December 8.

Ariza told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that the young, talented fighter who was dropped by Pacquiiao with a stinging left straight last Thursday didn’t show up and another promising young fighter  who Ariza didn’t know, took his place.

He said Pacquiao went four rounds with Frankie Gomez, four rounds with the new kid and four rounds with longtime sparring partner Raymund Beltran.

Ariza told us Pacquiao “looks great. He has never looked bad in sparring.”

The strength and conditioning coach who teamed up with trainer Freddie Roach some weeks prior to Pacquiao’s demolition of lightweight champion David Diaz said Pacquiao “looked sharp, looked in great condition and threw a lot of punches.”

However, Ariza said he hopes Pacquiao “can transfer this over to fight night” which is still the big question.

Ariza said the win by Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in a war with Andre Berto to retain his WBC welterweight interim title may earn  Guerrero  a possible  fight with Pacquiao whom he has called out in the past unless a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr materializes.

Ariza said that after watching the Guerrero-Berto fight he predicted a Pacquiao clash with 'The Ghost' would be “a good fight but Manny can handle the guy.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by littlemac on 11-27-2012

With extra servings of Ariza shakes and rehydration clause. Manny got this.

Comment by MurkaMan on 11-27-2012

[QUOTE=ALG United;12743218]You are giving Guerrero way too much credit, and that is because he won over Berto?!! WTF!! Robert moves better at lower weight, but at WW i think he lost some of that speed and mobility.. And now he…

Comment by Fighting_Pride on 11-27-2012

guerrero's come forward style is perfect for pacquaio to set up a stoppage in the late rounds. guerrero does not have the footwork or power to match the elite of the division

Comment by ALG United on 11-27-2012

[QUOTE=MurkaMan;12741411]No I mean taller, body size, shoulder width, arm length, bone thickness! He's huge. The reason Pac would lose is because of a COMBINATION of Robert's chin+volume punching+inside fighting+ability to throw flurries while being hurt+size+reach+and pure force! Pac is just…

Comment by Dudley on 11-27-2012

I have a feeling it would look exactly like Margarito. Manny rules the mid range of a fight Ghost rushes straight inside has a legit chin but Manny would go down stairs. Late rounds Manny would run away with it.…

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