Manny Pacquiao last loss came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May 2015 but he has recovered with a convincing win against Timothy Bradley in April this year. He is looking to make it two wins in a row as he fights World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas of the United States.
Their fight is scheduled on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is a little over two weeks from now
But what boxing aficionados are looking into more closely is the last time that the Filipino boxing icon scored a knockout in his match. That actually happened on November 14, 2009 when he battered Miguel Cotto into a pulp en route to a Technical Knockout victory.
His knockout in the hands of Mexican Manuel Marquez was even closer as it happened on December 8, 2012.
The eighth division world champion is a renowned powerful puncher but he has been without a knockout win in nearly seven years. Top Rank boss believes that Manny Pacquiao needs to score a knockout with over Jessie Vargas to prime himself up for one or two more big-time fights before he retires for good.
Looking great in training
Unlike in his previous fights where he usually trains in the US at least two months before his boxing match, Pacquaio is still in the Philippines to finish his responsibilities in the Philippine Senate before it goes on a break this week.
He shall be flying to the US on October 22 and will complete his training then at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles of world-class trainer Freddie Roach.
Pacquiao was not able to help out as well in promoting his fight with Vargas which according to Arum was good for the upstart fighter and those in the undercards including Nonito Donaire, Jessie Magdaleno, Oscar Valdez, and several others.
Arum said that the other boxers have gotten the attention in the promotion that might have gone to Pacquiao if he was in the US promoting the fight. But once Pacquiao arrives in the US to complete his training, it is expected that the promotion of the fight will shift its focus to him, details Yahoo! Sports.
While Arum cannot see the Philippine leg of the training of Pacquiao, his minions have relayed to him that the Filipino boxer looks great.
He and other experts believe that it is time for Pacquiao to perform at the level of his talent. The Top Rank boss thinks that Pacquiao needs to not only win but to win in an exciting and entertaining fashion to rebuild his brand.
Because if Pacquiao can do so, that would make potential fights against Terrence Crawford, Danny Garcia, and/or Keith Thurman that much bigger next year or the year thereafter.
Opponents are getting more cautious
Arum pointed out that the boxing world has not seen Manny knocking people out like he did so spectacularly at one period of his career.
Instead, Pacquiao scored a lot of knockdowns in his recent fights. He had six knockdowns against Chris Algieri in their November 2014 fight and he had Bradley on the deck twice in his last fight.
The Top Rank boss said that it is not that the Pacman is not hitting hard but more because opponents fighting him are getting more cautious of his power punching abilities.
He explained that the ability to knock out a guy is not a one-way street. It’s also the opponent. If the opponent is looking to survive and not firing as many shots as he could, then it’s a lot more difficult to do. It’s not impossible, but it’s a hell of a lot harder when the opponent isn’t willing to open up, Arum enthused.
Pacquiao’s lack of availability to promote the fight and his lack of knockouts probably means the fight won’t do a massive pay-per-view figure.