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Robert Garcia Highly Doubts Pacquiao is The Same Fighter
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by David P. Greisman

Boxing trainer Robert Garcia, whose stable includes Thomas Dulorme, Mikey Garcia, Evgeny Gradovich, Marcos Maidana and Brandon Rios, among others, spoke with on March 28. Who do you think wins the rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley?

Garcia: ďItís a pickíem fight. I think this time itís going to be a lot closer. Timothy Bradley won the first fight ó I think Pacquiao won it. I think Pacquiao won it, but this time Bradleyís on a winning streak. Right now Bradley knows that heís unstoppable. He just beat [Juan Manuel] Marquez and heís on a winning streak. I think this timeís going to be a lot closer. Itís going to be a fight that I canít pick the winner right now.Ē After Pacquiao fought your fighter Brandon Rios, it seemed to me that it didnít necessarily prove that Pacquiao was back, but that Pacquiao, despite his recent losses, hadnít necessarily been shown to be done in the first place.

Garcia: ďI think he looked good. He looked fast. He looked strong. But like you said, it didnít prove much, but this is the fight where he has to do it. Itís Timothy Bradley, and he really has to do it. This is pretty much not his last opportunity, but the fight that he needs to win and prove everybody wrong.Ē As a former fighter and as someone who works with high-level fighters, how do you keep the hunger? How do you stay hungry later in your career?

Garcia: ďAt 26, I hated the sport. Thatís why I retired. I wasnít hungry anymore. And I was only 26 when I had my last fight. But now, what Iím doing, I just turned 39. Iím not 55, 60, 65 where Iím tired, Iím sick of the sport, I just do it for the paydays. I do it because I love it. I do it because I know I have to take care of my family, the people in my gym, my employees, my amateur program. I do it because I love it, and I still got 15, 20 more years of this.Ē Do you think itís possible for a fighter in Pacquiaoís position to still be hungry, or is it potentially slipping at his age?

Garcia: ďWith all the fights that heís had, the wars that heís had, it canít be the same anymore. He canít be the same. We can hear it from his trainer. We can hear it from his manager. We can hear it from his sparring partners, from him himself ó ĎIím in the best shape of my life.í Thatís never going to be true. Itís never going to be true. Itís hard at the age and all the fights that heís had, and all the wars, and all the money that heís made, to be the same fighter.Ē

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Tags: Timothy Bradley , Manny Pacquiao , Robert Garcia , Pacquiao-Bradley Rematch , Pacquiao vs Bradley Rematch

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comment by Kuyukut, on 04-02-2014
if pac is declining, then how come fraud jr still scared to fight him? :bigeyes: fraud is still thinking about his health fighting pac? :afro:

comment by shishaw, on 04-02-2014
IMO Pac is on a slight decline too, but the way he made Rios look amateur would make you think Pac is becoming wiser and thus more unbeatable. He still has his speed, power and endurance but the animal instinct is replaced by ring smarts that is pound 4 pound 1 of the best. We will all see if his...

comment by hack__you, on 04-02-2014
of course he is on a decline, his best days were clearly from the 3rd Morales fight until the Margarito fight. After that he looked different. The 3rd Marquez fight, Cotto, Clottey, and Margarito fight took a lot from him even though he won all four. He's fought murderer's row of fighters since h...

comment by lutenco, on 04-02-2014
ROBERT GARCIA tried twice and his fighters lost twice,MARGARITO and RIOS were unrecognizable after the fight,both seemed JAPANESE !!!

comment by way2strong, on 04-02-2014
he's way more cautious now and was avoiding getting hit at all cost so roberts right he is not the same fighter but to say he has slowed down would be retarded .. he wised up happens with age/experience

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