March 22nd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez


San Francisco, CA- Yesterday, our own Jarrad “Mr. Excitement” Woods was of the opinion that Tim Bradley needs to fight Manny Pacquiao next. I’m not of the same mindset, not if you look at this from the Pacquiao side of the coin. First of all, there was the fight with Bradley in June of last year. Some of the leaks that age and wear bring upon a fighter had snuck up on Manny.


Team Pacman thought they could just ignore the Bradley results, act as if it never even happened. While the masses thought Pac won, Pacquiao lost on the two of the three scorecards that matter. Prior, there have been little nuances, indications that Manny was slipping, and not due to any fault of his own.


People don’t realize how much Emmanuel Pacquiao has abused his body and I’m not even talking about the “in the ring” damage. While I ‘m referring to cutting weight, the impact on both joints and tendons from training in general, one can’t forget mental fatigue as well.


Suffering from amnesia in regards to Bradley, Pacquiao inks a deal to fight Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time. With Manny being up 2-0-1 against JMM, a non-boxing fan might wonder why they were dancing again. Truth be told, each fight was razor close, with the third encounter, in my opinion, given to the wrong man.


So Manny goes into training while rumors abound that his religious fanaticism has him “drinking virgin blood,” praying in excess of three hours a day, some say five, and you know whether you are a believer of God or not that you can’t take a fighter “off the rails” while training. History has proved time and again this is a pugilistic recipe for failure.


Juan Manuel Marquez on the other hand was bulking up his torso with strength conditioning and his training secret in the oral consumption of urine. Knowing that the invisible (but real) boxing Gods would not give him a fair shake, JMM trained and planned to win by knockout. His landing a single punch that rendered Pacquiao horizontal and unconscious is the shot that would silence not only Pacquiao, but a nation of followers.


When you are the icon of an entire country, being a Congressman, presidential hopeful with reportedly more money than he can spend in his native Philippines, how can you have the hunger that was present when this photograph of a teenage Manny was snapped.


The Manny Pacquiao of then, and the Manny Pacquiao of today are two different beings. One is a hungry lion, the other is a well fed lazy, aging animal who is losing teeth as his mane turns gray. Unlike an automobile, you cannot raise the hood and install a new engine.


Personally, seeing the devastating manner in which Manny was obliterated as he was planted face first into the canvas by Marquez, that to me is enough to induce retirement. But seeing there is so much pressure on Manny to fight again, you know he will. Marquez is not all that interested in a fifth dance with Pacquiao, at least that’s what he is saying (and I believe him).


Seeing the performance put forth Saturday night by Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao need not fight Bradley next. A fifth Marquez fight would not be good for Manny either. The “right way” to go forward with Manny the boxer is to get him an “easy fight” as Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. recommends.


To face Bradley without knowing how much Manny has left in the tank, if anything, is tantamount to leading an ill prepared icon to the gallows!

Pedro Fernandez


  1. Good read. Watch the interview with Winky Wright over @ Doghouse boxing. He too talks about the strain of training. He’s like, fighting, I can do that, the training on the other hand…wore him into retirement. Golfing over boxing these days for Mr. Wright. Wonderful dude right there. Often saw him on Vegas and every time I did he was gracious with his time.

    Tyrone on March 22nd, 2013 at 1:47 PM
  2. I read that Pacquiao may be suffering from some Pakinson-like symptoms. If that’s the case, it would be best if he retired. I would hate to see him end up like one of my favorite fighters, Ezzard Charles.

    He’ll continue to fight. If he plays it smart, he’ll build up with a couple of easier fights and secure one last big fight. Whatever the case is, it’ll be risky for Pacquiao.

    I agree with you 100% regarding the multiple factors that have contributed to him become “post-peak.” People forget that he started as a 105 pounder, and let’s not forgot the possible steroid factor.

    I know that he means a whole lot to Filipinos around the world, and I can’t knock that. However, there have been tons of less-heralded but outstanding other Filipino boxers (Pancho Villa, Little Dado, Ceferino Garcia, Small Montana, Flash Elorde, Ben Villaflor, Luisito Espinosa, etc., etc.). One of the trainers from the New Oakland Boxing Club (closed in 1981) named Dick Foster fought Ceferino in Hollywood in circa 1938. Maybe you, Pedro, knew Mr. Foster? Very nice man, and a an excellent boxing trainer.

    Geoffrey Sadao Prenter on March 22nd, 2013 at 2:18 PM
  3. Rumors started by an MD who had never seen him in person.

    Pedro Fernandez on March 22nd, 2013 at 10:18 PM
  4. True, Pedro. This doctor saw him in an interview on TV, and from that limited film clip, decided that he had demonstrated signs. It was, I figure, more a case of the doctor trying to make a name for himself than a real or useful diagnosis. I just remember Sean O’Grady’s comment about boxers who have taken too much punishment. Didn’t he say that the head is like one of those (pre-computerized) cash registers, once you pop it open by slamming your fist into it a few times, you won’t be able to close it again. In other words, once a certain level of damage has been inflicted, the fighter in question will probably get KTFO’d easier and easier as long as he continues fighting.

    I fear that Pac’s cashregister has been opened!!! If his financial condition is decent, he should stop now. A guy as iconic as him getting seriously hurt would do boxing lots of harm, hope it doesn’t happen.

    IrishmaninArabia on March 23rd, 2013 at 6:35 PM
  5. The KO didn’t silence his followers. They just became more bitter and angry and accused JMM of juicing. Pac Nuts are the biggest jerks in boxing history.

    Chongo on March 24th, 2013 at 12:43 AM
  6. pac must retire now, stay away from politics and live a quite simple life

    dondon on March 24th, 2013 at 7:49 AM
  7. I think if Pacman wants to continue his boxing career, he should focus and concentrate only on boxing….Stay away from late night parties, drinking spree with friends,politics, showbusiness and reduce religious activities to minimal..You can’t serve several masters at the same time…He should focus and conserve his energy to boxing and be at his best shape and condition.

    Peter_dbest on March 28th, 2013 at 11:08 AM
  8. Bradley doesn’t hit hard enough to say that Manny would be headed to the gallows in taking him on. To me that would be a good fight for Manny, a bounce back fight if you will with a title on the line that would put him back in the mix. Why fight for anything less at this stage especially against a fighter who will not place him in peril.

    Nick Bellafatto on March 29th, 2013 at 3:48 AM
  9. Pedro,
    Both you and Jarrad are right. JW said Bradley needs Pac, which is true. He needs the convincing win. You stated Pac doesn’t need Bradley, which is true. If Pac gets beat by a supposed “soft” puncher, but more convincingly, he’s done. Too bad Pac can’t fight Paulie.


    SKERGE on April 1st, 2013 at 11:21 AM

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