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Manny Pacquiao is Back To Old Form, Says Maniatis

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Award winning Australian “Trainer of the Year” and boxing manager Peter Maniatis watched “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao training at the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino for two days and marveled at just how good he looks.

In an overseas telephone conversation with BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard/Viva Sports, Maniatis said “watching Manny train was a revelation. He was throwing ferocious punches as he pounded the heavy bag and ripped into the mitts held by Freddie Roach.  The Pacquiao of old is back, better than ever.”

He said Pacquiao reminded him of “the form he showed when he stopped Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton and Miguel Cotto and ripped Antonio Margarito, apart”
Maniatis who manages WBO No. 1 ranked WBA light flyweight Randy “Razor” Petalcorin noted that Pacquiao’s “ footwork was remarkable, the hand-speed incredible and he looks a different fighter from the last couple of fights. He’s got the X Factor. The ‘Eye of the Tiger’ is back.”

Maniatis added, Pacquiao “was simply amazing and its clear the hunger is there.”

After all he has seen of Pacquiao training in Macau, Maniatis expects “a late stoppage” pointing out that Chris Algieri “is tough and can take punishment” as he showed when he c ame back from two opening round knockdowns and a right eye that was almost shut to win a split decision to grab the WBO light welterweight title from the Russian beast Ruslan Provodnikov.

The Aussie promoter/boxing manager noted that Pacquiao is likely to weigh in officially at around 142 pounds which strengthens the expectation that he would move down in weight to fight opponents like light welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and Britain;s former world champion Amir Khan should the Floyd Mayweather Jr megabuck fight not happen by May next year.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by luisivich on 11-21-2014

[QUOTE=LADIV;15116958]Pacquiao is not fighting garcia nor khan, he will have an inhouse fight that his master arum already has planned for him or if he dropps down in weight to 140 he will fight some 135 pounder at a catchweight…

Comment by luisivich on 11-21-2014

[QUOTE=megadeth;15116949]This has always been the case! Why should things change now? Could u imagine what would be said if Floyd were to even mention moving down to 140 to fight the like of Algieri and possibly Vargas right now?[/QUOTE] floyd…

Comment by Evol on 11-21-2014

[QUOTE=HanzGruber;15116939]Dumbest thing ever. PAC fans say Danny Floyd is a cherry pick but it's not for manny? So manny being held to a lower standard again[/QUOTE] but isnt pac a one dimensional come foward no skill brawler? or is pac…

Comment by DeadLikeMe on 11-21-2014

[QUOTE=LADIV;15116958]Pacquiao is not fighting garcia nor khan, he will have an inhouse fight that his master arum already has planned for him or if he dropps down in weight to 140 he will fight some 135 pounder at a catchweight…

Comment by luisivich on 11-21-2014

[QUOTE=HanzGruber;15116939]Dumbest thing ever. PAC fans say Danny Floyd is a cherry pick but it's not for manny? So manny being held to a lower standard again[/QUOTE] manny-garcia is at 140- garcia's strongest weight. no one would expect floyd to go…

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