MANILA, Philippines – His speed and power may still be there, but the heart of a warrior may no longer be present in Manny Pacquiao.
Veteran sports commentator Ronnie Nathanielsz said in an interview with TJ Manotoc on "The Score" that the Filipino boxer boxer’s faith contradicts his stance as a fighter.
“Meron naman talagang power si Manny Pacquiao, nakikita ko sa sparring nakikita ko sa punch mitts,” he said when asked about the boxer’s capabilities.
“Pero yung puso niya iba ngayon eh. Because he doesn't want to hurt people, he's Bible-reading, compassionate.”
Nathanielsz said that this was evident during Pacquiao’s lopsided victory against Brandon Rios last November.
The fighting congressman could have hurt and stopped Rios, but opted not to, said the analyst.
“He did the Rios fight, he could have knocked out Rios kung gusto niya,” said Nathanielsz.
He fears that a compassionate Pacquiao might find himself in trouble against a well-motivated Bradley in their rematch in April.
He pointed out that Bradley has vastly improved since the American’s controversial decision win over Pacquiao in June 2012.
“Si Timothy Bradley unang una, maganda ang conditioning niya, pangalawa mabilis ang kamay niya and pangatlo he has good head movement, pang-apat he moves well,” said Nathanielsz.
The analyst added that Pacquiao needs to win to make a serious case about facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the new future.
“He has to win the fight convincingly because if he loses medyo mahihirapan na ang career niya,” said Nathanielsz.