How to Beat Manny Pacquiao
Many boxers want to risk losing and be beaten black-and-blue just to get big money fighting Manny Pacquiao. And there is this one top fighter who are very qualified and as skilled but is afraid to risk getting his first ever lost. Here’s how to beat the world’s no.1 Pound-for-Pound fighter and find out why one fighter is hesitant to fight him.
- World’s most watched and studied fighter
- Speed kills
- The Pacquiao instinct
- Killer punches
- Physical advantages work best in distance
- Train hard and get that stamina
- Be brave and take risk
- Have all these qualities and make an intelligent fight plan
World’s most watched and studied fighter
When he fought Marco Antonio Barrera the first time, P4P no.1 Manny Pacquiao was a huge underdog. He was never given a chance to win and many of his countrymen thought too. When Pacquiao faced the bigger Oscar de la Hoya, his chance of winning was close to impossible and Roach’s prediction was thought to be just a dream.
The failure to make the match between BWAA Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao and undefeated former P4P no. 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. is perceived now as caused by Floyd’s fear of losing.
Manny Pacquiao’s climb to the top of the boxing world is amazing. Winning 9 world titles in 7 different weight divisions is an amazing and hard-to-beat feat. His accomplishments make him now the most feared and hard-to-beat fighter in the world. He is now the world’s most watched and studied boxer and his style of fighting is no secret for it is forever recorded in the annals of the sweet science.
So how can you beat the great Manny Pacquiao at his peak and at his great physical condition?
One. You got to have speed. If not faster, be equal. Speed had been Pacquiao’s advantage in his every fight. It is Manny’s fast movements of his feet, his head, his body and his punches. He has punches that can hit its targets accurately. And to hit the targets accurately, one got to think fast. Manny thinks fast and moves automatically because he developed an instinct.
The Pacquiao instinct
Two. You got to neutralize Pacquiao’s instinct. Pacquiao developed his instinct with his offensive fighting style since he started boxing at a young age. He can read his opponent’s movements that’s why he knows when, where and how to hit. Observe Manny in initiating his punches in his past fights. Manny always look at the eyes of his opponents. Once they blink, Manny hits. When they cover their eyes with their gloves, Manny throws a punch or deliver combinations. When they put their guards down, Manny attacks. And when his opponent hits first, Pacquiao counters fast even in an awkward angle. Remember Manny’s no-look punches particularly in his last fight with Juan Manuel Marquez? Marquez never saw it coming. So one must think ahead of Pacquiao and fast. Marquez so far is the closest who have this fighting instinct that’s why Manny had a hard time with him. Marquez developed an instinct with his counterpunches. When you have that instinct, the punches will be automatic and fast. Marquez’s only big problem was he don’t hit hard as Manny.
Three. You got to have power in your punches. This is one of the greatest assets of Manny. All of his punches are intended to knock his opponents out. Because of Manny’s offensive style of fighting since the early days, the muscles in his arms were developed to punch hard and kill. This is why Freddie Roach has been telling that story of how he met Pacquiao. Pacquiao’s legendary first punches with the Roach mitts that started the lethal combination of the world’s best trainer and fighter.
Physical advantages work best in distance
Four. You got to use your advantage in reach, height and weight. Manny’s amazing feat of winning in the higher weight divisions were primarily because his best opponents there were not as fast as Manny. So if you are taller with an advantage in reach, the best strategy is to maintain distance. Don’t make Pacquiao’s punches reach its targets. De La Hoya, Hatton and Cotto took risks and got knocked out. Joshua Clottey tried but clamped up. Once he tasted Manny’s power punches, he decided to just defend himself and finish the fight standing. Clottey never took a risk.
Train hard and get that stamina
Five. You got to have stamina if not more but equally with Pacquiao. Pacquiao attacks non-stop and wears his opponents out. His opponents – they all slowed down in the later rounds. While the well-conditioned Manny who is a hardworking machine during training will throw you killer punches from the first to the final rounds.
Be brave and take risk
Six. You got to have courage. Fighting Manny Pacquiao is a great risk for anyone’s physical well-being and boxing career. Anyone will develop fear after watching how Pacquiao dealt with David Diaz, Oscar de la Hoya, Miguel Cotto and his devastating KO of Ricky Hatton. The more feared Pacquiao has become. The only courage you can get fighting Manny Pacquiao will come from the big money you will be getting fighting him.
Have all these qualities and make an intelligent fight plan
There are other things you must have in order to beat Manny Pacquiao but these are the first and most important requirements where you can conceive the best fight plan and strategy to defeat him. Get an excellent trainer like Freddie Roach.
These are the things you need to have that chance to beat one of the world’s greatest fighters – Manny Pacquiao.