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Hopkins Feels Pacquiao's Big Power No Longer There

By Rick Reeno

IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins believes eight division former champion Manny Pacquiao has rapidly declined, in terms of his power and physicality in the ring, over the last few years. Pacquiao, who at one time was demolishing the competition, has not scored a stoppage win since a TKO victory over Miguel Cotto in late 2009.

"How do you feel Pacquiao's talent level, power [is] pertaining to the last five or six years? Do you think anything changed? Do you see any difference in him? And we all change. I see a lot of difference," Hopkins said.

"Three years ago he was smashing dudes. I remember Pacquiao when he was with Murad Muhammad. I remember Pacquiao when he was little bit better than ordinary. He was a tough guy without a really good defense and had a couple of losses early on. And then he just [shot up]. I lost my first fight and I shot up so no suspicions. And I said 'where does he get this power.' He was just cracking dudes. Fighters have egos and there were fighters who said he hits like a heavyweight and we usually don't say that to you."

"I'm sitting back and you start hearing allegations [about steroid use] and I'm saying to myself 'wait a minute.' And then when things really started heating up [regarding the steroid allegations] as years passed, I saw this [fast] decline where he's not knocking nobody out and he's not even hurting nobody."

"I have seen a change, especially in the physical, especially the power in the last four, five years. Whether that has to do with age, whether that has to do with him losing some of that. I haven't knocked someone out in six, seven years..since Oscar De La Hoya and I've been trying to."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ELPacman on 05-03-2014

Hopkins, I know your blowing Fraud Jr. all a sudden but why not question him instead? Ask him why he failed drugs tests and Pacquiao has yet to? Oops.

Comment by Lou Cipher on 05-03-2014

Three names that black men simply cannot deal with. Rocky Marciano, John Holmes, Manny Pacquiao.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 05-03-2014

[QUOTE=charlieg;14497584]I wouldn't take this as gospel. Roach is not the smartest dude and he seems obsessed with making Ariza look bad (and vice versa). He's trying to pin the failed drug test blame on Ariza and ruin Ariza, but in…

Comment by charlieg on 05-03-2014

[QUOTE=Tobi.G;14497535]I think he had both.[/QUOTE] Speed kills. Pacquiao had speed in abundance. That's deteriorating now. People also forget that once Pacquiao stepped up to 147, he's only stopped a dead guy (DLH) and a drained guy (Cotto). Everybody else has…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 05-03-2014

[QUOTE=Weebler I;14497376]The fact remains Pacquiao [I]did[/I] take the test, twice now. He has never failed a test in his career, unlike a certain other fighter who is rumored to have failed three times and whose camp has dirty test after…

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