Manny Steward gives Pacquiao two years on top
Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward predicts that pound-for-pounder Manny Pacquiao will stay at the top of boxingâ€™s heap for another two years before the deterioration of his skills begins.
"I give him 24 months before the intensity starts fading for him,â€? Steward told the Manila Bulletin. "He is so incredibly exciting. He is going to make a lot of money, no doubt about that. He is always exciting and he will leave his legacy in the ring. He is making his mark. But it's his face-first style that will shorten his boxing career.
"That type of fighter, well, they seldom go past age 30. That type of guy does not age well."
Steward has a point. Pacquaioâ€™s blood and guts, do or die style, which makes him the â€œmost exciting fighter in the world,â€? according to HBOâ€™s wise man Larry Merchant, also makes him vulnerable to getting hit, never a good thing for any pro, no matter how offensive-minded or resilient he might be.
That said, maybe the tradeoff is worth it, when one considers all the fistic thrills Pac-Man has already given us, and is likely to give us during the next two years, before the inevitable slide, which Steward predicts, begins. Read more at the BLOG