Emanuel Steward doesn't think Manny Pacquiao has the legs anymore to be the fighter he used to be. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Hall of Fame trainer and HBO boxing analyst Emanuel Steward says he sees Manny Pacquiao slipping in the ring, and believes he no longer has the legs to be the fighter he used to be. Pacquiao faces Timothy Bradley tonight on HBO PPV.
"I see a slow slippage in his delivery," Steward said. "The animal-like intensity is slightly less than it was. That's the legs. That's what I always look at. It might not be there to the untrained eye, but you'll see . . . a guy like Bradley — a good, young, intelligent fighter — can exploit those weaknesses. This is not a good fight for Manny."
Emanuel was also part of the HBO broadcast of yesterday's weigh-in, and essentially said that he found the bravado from trainer Freddie Roach to be dangerous for Team Pacquiao, as he doesn't think Manny can afford to remotely overlook the challenge in front of him.
One might say that Manny never overlooks opponents, but by his own admission, he did that in November with Marquez.
For their part, Team Pacquiao, and specifically strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, say they've changed up their training methods to hopefully avoid overtraining, which they feel was to blame for last year's "mediocre performances" with Shane Mosley (which really was mediocre, for Manny) and Marquez (which I feel was just a tough, competitive fight, personally).