Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Robert Garcia Highly Doubts Pacquiao is The Same Fighter

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 BoxingScene.com on March 28.

BoxingScene.com: Who do you think wins the rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley?

Garcia: “It’s a pick’em fight. I think this time it’s going to be a lot closer. Timothy Bradley won the first fight — I think Pacquiao won it. I think Pacquiao won it, but this time Bradley’s on a winning streak. Right now Bradley knows that he’s unstoppable. He just beat [Juan Manuel] Marquez and he’s on a winning streak. I think this time’s going to be a lot closer. It’s going to be a fight that I can’t pick the winner right now.”

BoxingScene.com: After Pacquiao fought your fighter Brandon Rios, it seemed to me that it didn’t necessarily prove that Pacquiao was back, but that Pacquiao, despite his recent losses, hadn’t necessarily been shown to be done in the first place.

Garcia: “I think he looked good. He looked fast. He looked strong. But like you said, it didn’t prove much, but this is the fight where he has to do it. It’s 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.”

BoxingScene.com: 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: “At 26, I hated the sport. That’s why I retired. I wasn’t hungry anymore. And I was only 26 when I had my last fight. But now, what I’m doing, I just turned 39. I’m not 55, 60, 65 where I’m tired, I’m 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.”

BoxingScene.com: Do you think it’s possible for a fighter in Pacquiao’s position to still be hungry, or is it potentially slipping at his age?

Garcia: “With all the fights that he’s had, the wars that he’s had, it can’t be the same anymore. He can’t 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 — ‘I’m in the best shape of my life.’ That’s never going to be true. It’s never going to be true. It’s hard at the age and all the fights that he’s had, and all the wars, and all the money that he’s made, to be the same fighter.”

Pick up a copy of David’s new book, “Fighting Words: The Heart and Heartbreak of Boxing,” at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsamazon or internationally at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsworldwide . Send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) 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…

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…

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

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (25)
Top Headlines Joshua: There are Still People Who Doubt, Want Me To Lose Sadam Ali: Been Huge Underdog Before, I've Proved People Wrong Photos: Anthony Joshua Training in Beast Mode For Carlos Takam Roach: Cotto Would've Been Criticized for Beating Smaller Garcia Crolla Responds To Flanagan: Talks Burns Fight, Ritson, Future 'Boxing Kings' Details When Americans Ruled at Heavyweight Joshua Reveals That Takam Confronted Him After Breazeale Win DeGale: Badou Jack is Not in My Class at All - I Want Rematch! De La Hoya: If Lemieux Wins - Canelo Fight Possible if No Golovkin Erickson Lubin's Future is Up To Him Murata: N'dam First, Ultimately Shooting for GGG-Canelo Winner 'PBC on FOX' Tripleheader Averaged 1.48 Million Viewers Saturday Pulev: It Was Tough Decision To Withdraw From Joshua Fight Bermane Stiverne Signs Contract For Deontay Wilder Rematch Anthony Joshua Admits He's in "No Rush" To Fight in United States Showtime Viewership Went Down During Lara-Gausha Main Event Luis Nery Sets Return, Faces Arthur Villanueva on November 4 Rey Vargas To Defend WBC Belt in HBO Co-Feature To Cotto vs. Ali News: Hall of Fame Update, Steve Forbes Sets Card, More Damien Vazquez, Blair Cobbs, Tye Brooks Win in Mexico HBO Sports Head: I Commend Cotto For Facing a Young, Hungry Ali Saunders vs. Lemieux Deal Reached For December 16, HBO Photos: Miguel Cotto, Sadam Ali - Go Face To Face in New York Canelo-Golovkin: Golden Boy’s Prez: Open to Rematch in March Joshua: Takam is Tough, Late Switch Has Not Affected Camp Malignaggi: I'm The Biggest Fight, Biggest Money For McGregor! Photos: Joe Joyce, Ian Lewison Grinding Hard at Workouts Hearn Feels Takam Will Be More Durable Than Pulev in Joshua Bout Ricky Hatton Confident That Zhakiyanov Will Shock Burnett Team Sauerland, SPORT1 Agree on Three Year TV Deal World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Final in Saudi Arabia Ray Beltran Manager is Fired Up - Tears Apart Terry Flanagan David Benavidez: Golovkin Not Slowing Down, A lot of Years Left Spence: Lamont Peterson Was the Welterweight Willing to Step Up! Frank Warren on Amir Khan: Perfect Return Bout is Bradley Skeete! Hearn: Bellew The Favorite in Rematch, Haye is Over if He Loses Shane McGuigan Has No Regrets Over Split With Frampton, Haye Lauren Confident That She Will Get Revenge on Cecilia Braekhus Conrad Cummings Inks With MTK Global Groves: If I Box Like I Did With Cox - Then Eubank Has No Chance!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement