LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Manny Pacquiao may have regained his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt by beating American Timothy Bradley in their rematch, but some foreign boxing analysts were not impressed by the Filipino’s performance.
Pacquiao was dogged by questions regarding his killer instinct and competitive fire leading up to the fight, and while his aggressive attack of Bradley convinced the judges, some analysts think the “Pacman” still did not display the “eye of the tiger.”
“(Pacquiao) got his confidence and his rhythm. Bradley looked confused, looked out of sync,” said ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas. “(Bradley) looked like he was getting worn, really worn out physically. His legs looked shaky.”
But Atlas also said the Pacquiao of old would not have allowed Bradley to finish the fight on his feet.
“I still think the old Manny was stronger… I think the old Manny probably would have stopped him, stopped the man he had in front of him,” said Atlas.
“I wanted him to get some more pop. I wanted (to see) some more knock out power,” added Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Meanwhile, Jaime Mota of Univision Español thinks Pacquiao may have been too much of a “gentleman” inside the ring.
“He’s become a little more aggressive, but I think he still lacks a little bit of that passion, the eye of the tiger to try knock somebody out,” said Mota.
Mota also believes that trainer Freddie Roach should be more strict with Pacquiao so that the “Pacman” can regain his knockout power inside the ring.
“I think he’s become more of a forgiving, noble person than he was before,” said Mota. “Manny, he’s always been a great guy, a nice man, but in boxing you can’t be nice.”
Meanwhile, referee Kenny Bayless, the third man inside the ring in the Pacquiao-Bradley rematch, said he was happy that the bout was clean.
“They fought clean, and as a referee, that’s what we expect,” said Bayless.
Although some foreign analysts may not be convinced by Pacquiao’s performance, most Filipinos were simply happy to see the “Pacman” avenge his controversial June 2012 loss against Bradley.