Manny Pacquiao is no spring chicken in the realm of the boxing world. He's been fighting for a long time, and he's cemented his place into the boxing hall of fame. Pacquiao has dominated many in his career, but not all of his fights have been easy. His epic wars with Mexican warriors such as Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Juan Manuel Marquez all come to mind. It seems, however, once Pacquiao divulged into politics that he's lost that killer instinct that his fans have come to love.
When Pacquiao was knocked out by Marquez, it sent shock waves across the entire boxing world. You could hear a pin drop in the Philippines. This just wasn't supposed to happen. Or was it? Did Manny suffer that knockout due to lack of focus, or was it just inevitable that something like this would happen based on the level of competition that he fights? Did father time arrive?
When Pacquiao took on Timothy Bradley, most of the world that watched the fight were in shock when the judges awarded the victory to the wrong guy. It was Bradley who had his hand raised, and not Pacquiao. What's up with that? Father time or crap judges? Both? Perhaps.
When Pacman took on Brandon Rios, he went back to his dominating ways, but his opponent was much slower and a perfect style match up. That said, Manny still looked very good. Did he look as good as he did 8 or 9 years ago?
So how's Manny looking now? Reports out of the Philippines are saying that he's looking incredible. Pacquiao appears to be back to destroying sparring partners once again. From what I'm being told, he's got that killer instinct look in his eye. What's changed? Has he tapped into a fountain of youth? Maybe.
Pacquiao as most you know is preparing for his rematch with Timothy Bradley. Again, he surely beat Bradley in their last match, but he'll need to be ready for this rematch. Bradley is no joke, and it's always dangerous to fight someone twice because the opponent learns and adapts. Bradley, however, has been in his own share of wars. The jury isn't in on weather or not he's slowed, or if he's still prime. Pacquiao will surely take him to task. We'll find out soon enough.