Next week the thirty two year old, active P4P king of boxing takes on an aged but still considered by some to be capable, Shane Mosely. Although there are those who belive that the fight can be more than competitive, most don't. Pacquiao has simply been to fast, too powerful and just flat out too dominant since he began his historic run of victories.
But even the most ardent Pacman enthusiast knows that all things must come to an end. Time waits for no one. And for boxers, time and timing are everything.
Training alone is taxing on the body. Sparring is somewhat simulated but very real boxing. Fighting no matter what means imminent wear and tear. Sooner or later, the body is just not the same.
Pacquaio is so many things but one of the things that has made him a unique star is the one thing that makes him most vulnerable. He is human.
The day will come. He knows it. His trainers know it. His managers know it. Even his fans know it.So I ask, is it next week or the weeks and months after. Or years to come.
Is it one oppenent...or the aggregate that eventually catches and beats him. Is it one shot...or is it a a stylistic barrier that makes him look, in the center of the ring, like all the rest of us. Human.