By Edward Chaykovsky
ESPN expert analyst Teddy Atlas has implied that Manny Pacquiao may have used some form of performance enhancer in the past. Atlas has made similar comments in the past. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and members of his family have made those types of statements for years. They were eventually sued by Pacquiao for defamation and the two sides reached an undisclosed settlement.
Father and trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. has continued to allege that Pacquiao was using PEDs several years ago, when he was demolishing fighters like Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao has not scored a knockout since 2009.
Atlas seems to be on the same page as Floyd Sr.
“Manny’s not the puncher that he was six years ago,” Atlas tells Breitbart Sports. “He’s not even as big physically. You figure out why. I don’t know. There’s a distinct difference in the Manny of six years ago and the Manny now.”
“Floyd has always been a conservative guy—a defensive guy, a careful guy, a really, really smart successful boxer. But now, in the second [Marcos] Maidana fight, he showed that at 38 years of age and a lot of money in the bank and thinking about the sunset, he’s even more careful. The making of a good fight probably will be on the shoulders for the most part of Manny. That’s more his style. It’s going to be more his responsibility to bring the fight.”
Mayweather-Pacquiao takes place on May 2nd from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.