I’ve read Peter Leopengs’s comments and
views on the cancelation of the Pacquiao and
Leopeng blames Paquiao for the cancellation. I
don’t agree with that as it was Mayweather who
made demands in the first place to which Pacquiao
in his own right did not agree to.
A fighter of Pacquiao’s standing, has nothing
more to prove his greatness or anything to gain
in a fight with Mayweather, despite all the money
Pacquiao has already proved his superiority
over Mayweather in fights against common opponents.
Furthermore when a re-match with Oscar De
La Hoya and Mayweather was coming up, De La
Hoya, normally a very humble guy, was adamant
that he was going to beat Mayweather in the rematch
and couldn’t wait to get into the ring. The
fight never materialized, as Mayweather decided
to retire once again.
On the other hand, De La Hoya hailed Pacquaio
as his hero after their fight and what better
evidence do we need than from a man that
would surely know what he’s talking about.
I also believe that, in principle, Pacquaio a
proud man, simply does not want to give into
the demands of Mayweather who in turn refused
to be weighed in unofficially on the night
of his own fight with Juan Manuel Marques.
Pacquaio has a point to prove by rejecting
One of Paquiao’s attributes is his punching
power. In his fights against Eric Morales and
Marco Antonio Barerra, (two all time great
Mexican fighters) he knocked them down
early in their fights. In their last fight Morales
was stopped early. Pacquaio also scored
knockdowns early in both fights against Juan
Manuel Marques. Oscar De La Hoya took
some devastating punches early in their fight
from which he never recovered. Ricky Hatton
was knocked down in the first round and
knocked out in the second round. Miguel Cotto
was also knocked down early in their fight.
The point I am trying to make is that extraordinary endurance and stamina was hardly a factor here. It was clearly Pacquaio’s punching power and I don’t see any evidence or benefits from drug taking.
Punching power is a natural ability. It can’t
be taught or improved from whatever training
you do in the gym, least of all – by taking performance
As they say- we are still entitled to our own
opinion. The facts are there and I therefore
dismiss all notions and doubts of any wrong
doing by Manny Pacquaio.
Thanks for an excellent magazine.
Nico de Wet