Gil P. Acosta wrote:
Kayo nman, pabigla-bigla. Team Pacquiao is not broken. If it is not broken, don't fix it. Same team when Pacquiao became number 1 in the pound for pound rankings so why change? Every boxer suffers a lost. That is the reality of it. Hindi parati panalo. Si Joe Louis (tama ba spelling ko?) was knocked out by Schmeling. Ali was knocked down by Frazier. This is boxing. Ganun talaga. What I am so sure of is Pacquiao is not damaged goods. Pacquiao can rise again. Why did I say and believe that? He has proven himself so many times. He got knocked out cold in the Philippines when he was becoming popular by Rustico Torrecampo. After that loss he became a champion by knocking out Sasakul. Then he got knocked out again because of weight problems. Pacquiao picked up the pieces again and became the face of boxing in America. Pacquiao is a different breed of boxer. He has very strong determination. His will to win is impeccable. Saka matapang na tao si Pacquiao. I really believe there is nothing to fix. Wala tayong magagawa, nasalubong niya ang right ni Marquez. Ganun talaga. Ang dapat lang sana next time to be sure there is no peds involved, random bloodtesting from the start of training up to the fight. I am not saying nag peds si marquez. But to get rid of suspicions, dapat may bloodtesting as random as it can be.
It's true that there's nothing we can do about his recent loss but Manny could have avoided it if he just maintains his focus and dedication to the sport. Just before the bout and even on previous preparations we saw how his bad habits take a toll on him every fight. The decline was obvious and it's not because of old age but his lost of discipline. While Manny naturally have those positive mental setup his psychological approach is badly corrupted that affects his training and preparation.
Let me put PBF in the equation. I know he would not be a role model because of his disgusting way of promoting fights and offensive character but he would not let such distraction and personal problems affect his training. How old is he now? 38 almost as old as Marquez but look at his physique and reflexes during and before fights. You would never see him totally dominated by opponents because his mental setup is to win and with that setup he knows he should be prepared mentally and physically. Manny's mentality is to entertain - disregarding what would be the risk he would take.
There's nothing wrong with Manny's intention in fighting because he wants to fight that way and of course he would take the consequence. I would not say that Floyd is better than Manny in all aspects - perhaps on the skill and preparation level - but he could have avoided his unwanted mistakes if he just learn to say "no" to distractions. He could have better than he is right now...