Now what is left for Manny?
Sure he's only got a few fights left but that fight with Marquez sort of tarnished his record, definitely.
Whoever fights Manny next, if they are smart, will never engage with Manny. As long as they backpedal and counter only, then they will exploit Manny's glaring weaknesses in the sweet science.
NOW HERE IT IS, these WEAKNESSES have been around forever.
It first showed up in parts of Marquez 1 & 2, at the times Marquez didn't try to be macho.
It REALLY SHOWED up against Morales I. Again, Manny looked very deficient, and the only exciting highlights that occurred is when Morales WANTED to engage, because he likes to please fans.
THEN IT SHOWED AGAINST BARRERA 2. Barrera didn't try to engage and yes Manny won a landslide but it showed that Manny had to overcome his inability to cut the ring off by simply throwing dozens and dozens of punches. Hardly a real solution, especially if he's NOT BEING COUNTERED. Manny didn't destroy Barrera, he just outscored him. Barrera was nowhere DAZED like in his first fight, simply by this one adjustment.
The weaknesses showed again when he went up against COTTO. Now I realize Manny floored him 2x, and dominated without a doubt. BUT IF YOU REALLY WATCHED IT, some of you may have noticed that around rd 7 or 8 up until the fight ended, you would have seen Manny's offense blunted by Cotto reluctance to engage and his propensity to back-pedal. Call it running, call him chicken, but whatever you call it, MANNY CAN'T CORNER IT.
Manny's inability to set up a variety of combos (overly reliant on his 1-1-2 or jab-jab-jab- left to the body- right hook OR his lead right hook to the body OR straight left to the body followed by right hook while darting to his own right) -- Manny's inability to throw more variety is really exploited when nobody is pressing forward against him. It's like his efficiency drops to miniscule numbers.
Now I realize that Mayweather Jr. throws even less combinations than Manny, but Mayweather's Jr. defense is virtually impenetrable, making the few counter punches he throws, VERY EFFECTIVE as HIS RECORD DOES REFLECT.
That being said, what is disappointing is that after all this time, Freddie Roach still hasn't found a way to make Manny competent in some of the most fundamental aspects of boxing, NAMELY cutting of the damn ring.
Manny needs one big fight against Mayweather Jr. to cash in because even if Manny fights some lower tier fighters, as long as the fighter has the discipline to not be "Macho", then Manny's offense will be significantly blunted.
Someone convince me that Manny can find a way to deal with counterpunchers who use the entire ring. Because up till now, the majority of Manny's wins are up against less physically gifted or less technical boxers...............
HE IS STILL, FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES -- ONE DIMENSIONAL. (as a Pacfan, that sucks)
You speak the truth brother man.
SAD TO SAY, BUT I AGREE WITH BOTH OF YOU!!!
It is quite pathetic, that despite years and years of being together, Manny and Roach (or should I single-handedly point out Manny himself) STILL DO NOT KNOW how to cut the ring off effectively. In the Marquez III fight, instead of Manny going to his right TO AVOID JMM's right and cut him off (JMM going to his left, to avoid MANNY's vaunted left straight), he kept going to his left, in front of JMM's right counters! It was amateurish at it's best. If Manny fights like that against Floyd, he might as well forget about it (big money though). Floyd will stop him, no doubt!
Anyway, DSource, I encourage you to write an article about Manny's weaknesses, to bring it to his attention. Forget the pactards who will attack you. You will be doing Manny a favor actually if you do this. Once you write the article, I will send it to Roach (a copy of it via certified mail). I promise!