MANILA, Philippines – Moving back to light-welterweight, or 140 pounds, is a great move on the part of Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao, according to 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire.
Following his unanimous decision win against Timothy Bradley Jr. on April 12, Pacquiao revealed that he is contemplating a move back to the light-welterweight division, saying he has no problems making 140 pounds.
“I should be fighting at 140 pounds,” Pacquiao was quoted as saying. “Up to now I can still make 135.”
Donaire, who fights at featherweight (126 pounds), fully supports this plan.
“I think ‘yung decision nila na bumaba ng 140, I think it’s the best decision for him,” said Donaire. “He’ll be faster, he’ll be stronger, and he will knock people out.”
It was at 140 pounds that Pacquiao registered his most spectacular victory – the second-round knockout of Ricky Hatton.
Even Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, has acknowledged that the “Pacman” isn’t a “great puncher” at welterweight.
“Everyone says he’s not getting the knockouts like with Hatton, and those knockouts were at 135 and 140,” said Roach. “I’m going to ask him if we can fight at 140, because that’s a better weight for him. He has no trouble making 140.”
Although Pacquiao was unable to knockout Bradley in their rematch, Donaire said he was still impressed with his compatriot’s performance, even if he did predict that the bout would unfold the way it did.
“He did well. I expected it to be that way. I really did expect that fight,” said Donaire.
“Pacquiao did an amazing job. He did an amazing job. He’s not as fast as he was before, but I think that a re-dedication to his craft is the important thing for him to really get back into the best Pacquiao,” he added.