MANILA, Philippines – Retired boxer and boxing trainer Jeff Mayweather claims that Manny Pacquiao is no longer the "mythical monster" of yore that tore down some of the best fighters of his era.
Mayweather, an uncle of current pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr., said it was Pacquiao’s run against Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton that made the Filipino boxer a superstar.
He, however, said that Pacquiao’s boxing prowess significantly diminished in recent years.
“Pacquiao had a short run knocking out guys and everybody jumped on his bandwagon and made him this big huge star — when he beat Cotto, Margarito, De La Hoya and Hatton. Since that time, what has he really done?” Mayweather said in an interview with "On The Ropes Boxing Radio."
He said Pacquiao’s mystique wore off after he stopped knocking out people.
“Don’t get me wrong, he beat some names. He beat Shane Mosley — who didn’t really come to fight — but all the mystique, all his tremendous punching power, what happened to it? Everything is gone now, he’s a regular guy that came up from 126 pounds,” said Mayweather.
“When he was 126 pounds, his knockout ratio was 50%, he goes up 20 more pounds and his knockout ratio is like 90%, how does that happen? The thing is this, now all of the sudden, where did it go? Where did all this power go? Where did all the phenomenon of Pacquiao’s power and mystique go? It’s gone now.”
When asked about the potential super fight between his nephew and Pacquiao, he said the bout would have been done a long time ago if the Filipino boxer parted ways with Top Rank’s Bob Arum.
But since Pacquiao decided to stick with Arum, Mayweather said it will be very hard for any promoter to arrange the face-off.
“If Pacquiao wanted to fight, he wouldn’t have resigned with Bob. I’m not saying that fight can’t happen, that fight probably still can happen but it’s gonna be a very hard fight to make,” said Mayweather.