Pacquiao’s Style No Longer Effective?

LAS VEGAS - Manny Pacquiao's style is beginning to read like an open book.

While he won over Tim Bradley in everyone's eyes except on the three judges at ringside on Saturday night, it is becoming clearer every fight that guys like him have found ways to negate his dazzling speed and paralyzing power.

A jaded observer at ringside at the MGM Grand believes Bradley had the moves to frustrate Pacquiao and avoid getting hit by the Filipino's best blows.

"Bradley is the type of fighter who can make Pacquiao look bad like Juan Manuel Marquez did," noted long-time boxing man Lito Mondejar, whose TV program Blow-by-Blow launched the career of the boxing icon in the mid-1990s.

Mondejar, who was at ringside and flinched every time would miss widely with his favorite left hand, said fighters like Marquez and Bradley tend to give him problems.

But against fighters who stand right in front of him "like (Erik) Morales, (Marco Antonio) Barrera and (Oscar) De La Hoya, Manny is unstoppable," said Mondejar, who was a part of the group of men who handled the early career of Pacquiao.

Mondejar expressed concern about the rematch that is penciled for Nov. 10, citing the confidence that Bradley gained from the win and the fact that Pacquiao may have already been showing signs of slowing down.

"Manny is at his peak and I don't think he will get better, while Bradley is young and on his way up," said Mondejar, citing the case when Pacquiao met Barrera in Nov. 2003.

Atlanta Olympics silver medalist Onyok Velasco said that while Pacquiao remains fast and furious, he noticed the lack of killer instinct against the unbeaten Bradley.

"Malakas at mabilis pa rin naman si Manny pero parang kulang na 'yung killer instinct," said Velasco.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao held a lengthy Bible study at the Riviera Hotel and Casino before heading back to Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Pacquiao said he was not severely affected by the setback "because of my faith in God."

"If I were affected, I would be crying and complaining but here I am," said Pacquiao, eliciting raves from the big crowd.


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