Originally Posted by Even Money
thats also why i think he has a chance against floyd
Like Nacho said, Pacquiao was harder to deal with when he was just a wild unrestrained force than when he started becoming more of a technical fighter.
How can floyd play chess with pac if pac keeps messing up the board?
But the problem is, Manny doesn't have the phenomenal physical intensity that makes him hard to deal with.
The whole thing about Manny becoming more a technical fighter is a bit of a red herring. Sure, Manny's punch variety improved significantly, but what the last few fights have shown is that despite that improvement, he still doesn't have the technique to outbox elite fighters. And he sure as hell doesn't have the technical skill to outbox Juan Manuel Marquez.
Floyd then is another level altogether. He'll be as comfortable maintaining the distance as Marquez, his counterpunching and potshotting will be better, and his conditioning will be superior so there's no chance of him getting sloppy in the late rounds.
The key for Manny Pacquiao as a fighter is closing distance and his ability to force exchanges. In exchanges, he's still exceptional and he will light up pretty much anybody. But if he can't close that distance and get into landing range, he's like a shotgun at 100 yards.
Once upon a time, his workrate and movement was so relentless that he forced guys into fighting with him, and he was matched against guys who had the natural inclination to fight anyway. Lately, that workrate and energy has been absent, and his ability to fight his kind of fight has gone with it.