ANALYSIS: Pacquiao's recent success a result of evolving into complete boxer

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 20 2019 04:32 PM

Manny Pacquiao’s dominant victory over a younger Adrien Broner proves how good a fighter the Filipino champion is despite his age. Joe Camporeale, USA Today Sports/Reuters

Manny Pacquiao’s dominant victory over a younger Adrien Broner proves how good a fighter the Filipino champion is despite his age.

At age 40, he showed he is a more capable and a more dangerous fighter than most young fighters today.

“It's not about Broner having underperformed but how a 40-year-old Manny Pacquiao performed over his age,” said boxing referee and TV fight analyst Danrex Tapdasan in radyo DZMM. “I will give more emphasis to Manny Pacquiao, 40, beating a 20-year-old Adrien Broner.”

TV boxing commentator Ed Tolentino said fans should appreciate how Pacquiao has evolved from being a slugger to a highly skilled boxer.

He said Pacquiao is now a more polished version of himself because of his ring experience.

“Hindi na natin makikita 'yung dating kamikaze fighter na si Manny Pacquiao. Guerilla fighter na si Pacquiao ngayon. He has evolved,” said Tolentino.

“Pacquiao is a way better boxer now than he was a slugger when he was young. Pambata na style ‘yun. Ito ‘yung pang 40 na style. The fact that you can frustrate a 29-year-old, make him disappear, for me, that is still very impressive.”

Pacquiao outclassed Broner by essaying a unanimous decision win to retain the world welterweight title. He could be chasing one last bout before retiring, a lucrative retirement tussle against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Tolentino said fans should relish each of Pacquiao’s remaining fights now that he is at the twilight of his colorful boxing career.

“Continue to treasure 'yung remaining fights ni Manny Pacquiao,” he said.

Tapdasan believes Pacquiao will only be staying for a couple of fights before calling it quits.

“Mga 2 or 3 fights na lang ang mapapanood natin kay Manny Pacquiao. ‘Wag nating kalimutan ang isang Manny Pacquiao, he is one of the biggest crossover sports stars of his generation,” he said.

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