At age 40, Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao is no longer the beast of yore that gobbled up most of his opponents in his younger years.
This is why boxing analyst-referee Rex Tapdasan said the 8-division champion will need to fight smart against American Adrien Broner, 29, this Saturday in Las Vegas (Sunday, Manila time).
"At this stage of his career, three years after the (Floyd) Mayweather fight, Manny Pacquiao is now 40 years old. Admittedly, he's not the volume puncher, the whirlwind of 5 years ago," Tapdasan, who has officiated crucial boxing matches, told ANC's Game Time.
"The key for Manny Pacquiao is timing and accuracy. Not too much about volume, because at 40 years old he doesn't have the capability anymore to throw punches in bunches, in all angles. Manny needs to be smart, needs to pick his punches well and make sure there are no accidents."
Tapdasan pointed out that Broner might turn out to be a perfect foe for the fighting senator.
He said Broner's reputation as a 4-division champion is actually questionable.
"The criticism of Adrien Broner with his 4 division championships is the quality of opposition. Who did he win the world title from and these are not household names," said Tapdasan.
Still, the referee said the world welterweight title bout between the two boxers could go the distance once Pacquiao starts hurting Broner.
"(If) Manny Pacquiao connects his punches and Adrien Broner realizes Manny Pacquiao's punches are too much for him, (Broner) will go inside his shell try to survive like the others and find a way to end the fight in the full route of 12 rounds," said Tapdasan.
"Manny Pacquiao will win by decision."
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