By Chris Williams: Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe reacted to Manny Pacquiao’s loss to WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas from final Saturday by noting how quiet all of the so-called specialists had been who had been saying how Manny was going to have a stroll within the park.
Ellerbe notes that Pacquiao went via loads within the second half of his combat with Keith Thurman in 2019, taking a ton of punishment within the strategy of squeaking by with a slim 12 spherical cut up resolution victory.
It’s potential that Pacquiao’s struggle with Thurman performed an element in why he appeared so gradual in his reflexes and couldn’t transfer the best way he used to in his combat with Ugas.
Had Pacquiao come again 4 or 5 months after his combat with Thurman to proceed his profession, we’d have seen the identical stage of decay as we witnessed final Saturday in his loss to Yordenis.
Ellerbe sounds off on Pacquiao loss
Glorious sport plan by Salas and Ugas perfected it to a T. All these specialists are kinda quiet at the moment, actually glad for @YordenisUgas and Louie Decubas.
— Leonard Ellerbe (@LEllerbe) August 22, 2021
“The second half of that Thurman combat was brutal. I imply brutal. I had the most effective seat in the home, sitting within the corral. If you realize, you realize💯” mentioned Ellerbe about Pacquiao taking punishment within the second half of the Thurman bout in 2019.
“Manny has had an unbelievable profession, and he doesn’t have to show something to anybody. You’ll be able to’t proceed to push that envelope whenever you’re an older fighter. Hope he does the precise factor; he’ll at all times be a legend💯” added Ellerbe.
All of the armchair specialists have seemingly blown city with Yordenis (27-4, 12 KOs) surprising the world along with his 12 spherical unanimous resolution over Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KOs) on the T-Cell Area in Las Vegas.
The 42-year-old Pacquiao must face actuality after getting totally overwhelmed by the alternative opponent for Errol Spence Jr in Ugas, a fighter he was assured that he may beat on two weeks’ discover.
After the combat, Pacquiao seemed like he was giving a trial run on a retirement speech when he spoke on the podium on the post-fight press convention, saying that he has to stroll away from the game on account of his physique and his accountability to his job within the Philippines in serving to the folks.
Pacquiao is at present a senator, but it surely’s potential that he might be elected to the presidency of the Philippines in early 2022.
Pacquiao says he overtrained
In his post-fight press convention final Saturday, Pacquiao talked about that he’d been sparring 32 rounds per day in camp, which was greater than what he’d achieved in preparation for the Thurman combat.
Curiously, in an interview two weeks in the past, Pacquiao talked about rising his sparring rounds from 25 to 32, and he mentioned that his coaches didn’t need him to work so onerous.
“In my coronary heart, I wish to proceed to combat, however I even have to contemplate my physique,” mentioned Pacquiao on the post-fight press convention final Saturday night time after his loss to Ugas.
“An excessive amount of onerous work in coaching,” mentioned Pacquiao on why he suffered leg cramps throughout the combat. “I run within the mountain and in addition doing 32 rounds daily, so I don’t know,” mentioned Pacquiao in regards to the 32 rounds of sparring that he’d achieved throughout the camp.
This implies that Pacquiao might have overdone it and would have been higher off listening to his coaches, who’re there for a motive.
The true query is, was Pacquiao teaching himself throughout the camp? If you get a fighter doing what he needs to do as an alternative of listening to their coaches, that is the tip outcome.
With that mentioned, Pacquiao most likely would have nonetheless misplaced to Ugas even when he had achieved fewer rounds of sparring, however we’ll by no means know.
His legs being cramped up is an indication of overwork. He may need wanted a few weeks of relaxation earlier than the combat as an alternative of coaching onerous with the street work proper as much as the day of the combat.
If Pacquiao does come again, he ought to take it simple in camp and do much less street work and far fewer sparring rounds. For a fighter in his 40s, it was insane for Pacquiao to be working as onerous as he did.