I, like many fans, predicted a Pacquiao blowout. I even said, "I may be wrong, but I doubt it." In hindsight, I should have really doubted myself! I also said that if Pacquiao really struggled with Marquez it says a lot about his own detoriation in addition to the greatness of JMM.
Firstly, do not get me wrong, JMM was FANTASTIC last night. He gave an unreal performance. I must remind you all that he is a 38 year old lightweight and was fighting nearly ten pounds above his best weight. He should get all the credit in the world for beating Manny Pacquiao last night.
The Pacquiao I saw last night was simply not the same fighter he was a couple years ago. This is the second fight in a row he's looked tentative, less fleet of foot, less fast, and dare I say it less powerful. The explosiveness he once had looks seriously diminished. Yes, I know that STYLES MAKE FIGHTS. I am well aware of that. However, that does not change the fact that Pacquiao got schooled by a great 38 year old lightweight. A prime Pacquiao would have overcome the issues with Marquez's style at this weight and with Marquez certainly past his prime. I strongly believe that.
I think it's a combination of physical deterioration and desire. Does Pacquiao love fighting like he used to? Emanuel Steward said in their last fight that "Manny loves fighting more than any boxer ever." A bold statement, but not far from the truth. The Manny I saw last night had definitely lost some of that lust for combat in addition to physical decline. He used to relish warfare. Last night he looked lost at times, and even worse had problems pulling the trigger.
I will close with saying that I feel that if this is the best Manny can muster, Floyd will wipe the floor with him. Yes, I know STYLES MAKE FIGHTS, but Mayweather has looked nothing but sensational his last two fights. It's sad that if they fight now only one will be close to the peak of his powers. Should the fight still happen? Of course, but it won't mean what it did one or two years ago.
So my questions to you all are, is Manny no longer the fighter he once was, and does Mayweather-Pacquiao matter as much anymore?