'Pacquiao still fast, but not as powerful as before'


Posted at Jan 23 2014 05:00 PM | Updated as of Jan 24 2014 01:00 AM

Super featherweight champion Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia was impressed with the speed and footwork of Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao when he fought Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios last November in Macau.

“He looked good, he looked sharp,” Garcia said of Pacquiao in a Boxing Scene interview. “He was bobbing in-and-out and side-to-side with good footwork and good speed.”

“It was definitely a good performance for Pacquiao,” he added.

But Garcia, who is intending to seek a fight against Pacquiao in the future, observed that the Filipino no longer showed the same concussive power that he had in previous fights.

“The only thing I can say is that his power may not be there as it used to be,” Garcia said. “He used to just steamroll over all of his opponents – knockout after knockout after knockout.”

“He has had a couple of fights where he hasn’t been able to hit a knockout, so that’s the only thing,” he added. “His skills are still there. He has been fighting better guys, so that may be why he hasn’t been hurting them.”

Rios, who shares a trainer with Garcia, proved to be no match for Pacquiao even if the Filipino was ultimately unable to knock him out.

The “Pacman” battered Rios over 12 rounds and was never really in danger as he won a comfortable decision.

Garcia, who intends to move up in weight after his title defense against Juan Carlos Burgos this weekend, hopes to take on Pacquiao in the future and succeed where his teammate failed.

“Down the road, maybe I could face him and it would be a good fight as well,” he said.