MANILA, Philippines – Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, who recently suffered a devastating sixth-round knockout, will need to start making changes with his training methods as he grows old, according to his former boxing coach.
Boxing trainer Rick Stahaley said that among the changes he’ll need to implement is decreasing the amount of sparring rounds.
“With an older fighter like Manny (he is 34) you might want to cut down on sparring a little bit,” Stahaley, who mentored Pacquiao to his first title win over Thailand’s Chatchai Sasakul, told Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz.
Pacquiao is known to go through intense sparring sessions during training camps, logging from 130 to 140 sparring rounds per fight.
Stahaley said too much sparring takes its toll on boxers as they age.
“I know Manny likes to spar but when you go out there and do hard sparring like Manny has done for years and years, it will take its toll,” he said.
“Maybe they should modify his training a little bit. Let him still train hard but not go and spar 130 rounds for a 12-round fight.”
When asked about Pacquiao’s Parkinson’s issue and future fights, Stahaley said he agrees with Bob Arum’s plan to have the Filipino boxer examined by specialists.
“I think Bob’s got the right idea where you take him to the Cleveland Clinic and get him tested. You can’t go wrong by doing it. Money is not an issue so he might as well get it done,” he said.
He added that it will be hard to keep Pacquiao from fighting, especially if he gets a medical clearance from specialists.
Pacquiao was meted a 120-day suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after getting hit by Juan Manuel Marquez’s knockout punch last December.
“Let him go ahead and see medically first, because if they don’t find anything it will be hard to keep him out of the ring. If he wants to fight again, let him. I don’t see any difference in the way he talks unlike some people when you can definitely tell,” Stahaley said.