can beat Pacquiao’
By ALEX P. VIDAL / PNS
California – In order to confuse Manny Pacquiao, his opponent
must adopt a counter-punching style and avoid aggression in the
early rounds, suggested the former strategist and buddy of the
late Agapito Sanchez (36-11-3, 18 KOs), who engaged Pacquiao in a
controversial 6th round technical draw for WBO/IBF super
bantamweight titles on Nov. 10, 2001 in San Francisco, California.
Sanabria of Dominican Republic, now a casino security staff, said
he noticed that the Filipino multi-titlist "finds it hard" to deal
with counter-punchers like Sanchez, Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1,
38 KOs), Nedal Hussein (43-5, 27 KOs) and even Rustico Torrecampo
(15-8-5, 8 KOs), the first pugilist to flatten Pacquiao for a full
"When you face a
fast and strong boxer like Pacquiao, you must use physics to
neutralize his speed and power," suggested Sanabria, 46, who
considers the notorious Sanchez, a neighbor in La
as Pacquiao’s toughest opponent.
He said "the most
common mistake" of boxers who didn’t last the distance with
Pacquiao’s was "they immediately jumped into the fray thinking
they could knockout Pacquiao thus exposing themselves to danger
and going down in humiliation".
criticized Ricky Hatton (45-2, 32 KOs) as "a powerful puncher who
didn’t use his brains" and ribbed Joshua Clottey (35-4, 20 KOs)
for "not taking advantage of his size" and for "being content to
lose on points without giving extra efforts (to win)."
He belittled tall
Antonio Margarito whom he described as "moving like a kindergarten
in a playground" and "attacking like a one-way train" in losing a
lopsided 12-round decision to Pacquiao for WBO 147-lb belt in
November last year.
Sugar Shane Mosley
(46-6-1, 39 KOs), who will face Pacquiao for WBO welterweight
championship on May 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada, was unsuccessful
though as counter-puncher in his two decision losses to the late
As aggressor and
one who dictated the tempo of the duel, Mosley, 39, however, was
deadly when he mowed down Fernando Vargas and Margarito.
plans to "execute my own game plan" against 32-year-old Pacquiao
(52-3-2, 38 KOs) and adopting a counter-punching style could be
part of his weaponry, according to observers in his Big Bear
Filipino champion, who has developed his right punch, has been
using his left hook to obliterate highly touted rivals – both
aggressive and counter-punchers.
expects a tough showdown against the aging but three-time world
titlist Mosley who has refused to predict the outcome of the
widely publicized card promoted by Top Rank along with HBO, Sugar
Shane Promotions and MP Promotions, except "to shock the world".
Boxing’s weird pair
By ALEX P. VIDAL / PNS
California – Between a "senior citizen" but razor-sharp gunslinger
and "overworked" but immensely popular speedster, which one could
still pull the rabbit and send shockwaves to the marquee game on
May 7 in Las Vegas?
Sugar Shane Mosley
(46-6-1, 39 KOs) is being dismissed as "old" and "past his prime"
at 39, but sources from his high altitude training camp n Big Bear
said "he still packs pistols in both hands and is extremely
dangerous in any street shootout."
attacks, he is merciless and ferocious that leaves his opponent
totally confused and wrecked – unless the referee is quick enough
to intervene in a carnage," observed boxing buff Jeff "The
Lightining Rod" O’Donnell, in exclusive talk with this writer.
"In Big Bear,
Mosley is so focused and trains seriously like when he was
preparing to fight Oscar De La Hoya. The coaching management sees
to it that there are no distractions."
Three fights ago,
Mosley, an orthodox fighter, chopped down Antonio Margarito, the
"tallest tree in Manny Pacquiao’s forest" in 8th round to send a
signal that he was still in command of the guillotine.
38 KOs), who broke his fists attempting and failing to topple down
Joshua Clottey for 12 rounds in Arlington, Texas in March 2010,
could not duplicate Mosley’s fireworks when it was Pacquiao’s turn
to engage the tough Mexican in the battle for WBO welterweight
supremacy also in Arlington, Texas in November last year.
Margarito, however, considered his 12-round unanimous decision
loss to Pacquiao "as the worst beating in my boxing career."
second round shocker against Floyd Mayweather Jr. left a bad taste
in the mouths of those hobnobbing for a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather
tango even if he failed to hack out an upset win against the
overbearing and undefeated fellow black fighter from Nevada.
written Mosley off when he managed to only eke out a 12-round
split draw against one-time Vernon Forrest conqueror, Sergio Mora,
in what they considered as one of his most lackluster performances
in recent years.
"But the Mosley
boxing fans will see on May 7 is a reincarnation of the Mosley who
electrified the boxing world years back with epic battles against
Forrest, De La Hoya, (Fernando) Vargas and Micky Ward ," assured
"When you always
see a smile on Mosley’s face, it means he is in excellent
condition and deadly. Fans have seen him smiling a lot these past
His job as
congressman being his biggest priority outside boxing ring,
Pacquiao, 32, is considered as one of the most active welterweight
champions today and has been unbeaten since Feb. 19, 2005 when he
lost on points to Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KOs) for the WBC
international superfeatherweight championship.
As one of the
richest and highest paid professional athletes in the world today,
the Filipino southpaw is also considered as "one of the most
tired" prizefighters in the world having logged more professional
fights than Mosley, who is older by seven years.
coaching staff led by Freddie Roach, however, managed to steer him
away from extra-curricular activities not related to his May 7,
WBO 147-lb duel with Mosley and praised the Baguio City training
camp in the Philippines as "the best ever".
Twitter account, where critics had lashed him out for justifying
his "no" vote in the impeachment case against Ombudsman Mercidetas
Gutierrez, had to be shut down "to avoid distractions".
A celebrity life
and "pressures to always win and satisfy the fans" were also seen
as among the hard-hitting Filipino’s psychological anxieties which
he recently acknowledged.
Top Rank CEO Bob
Arum had sounded an alarm following erstwhile WBO featherweight
ruler Juan Manuel Lopez’s shock 8th round disposal defeat to
unheralded 30-year-old Orlando Salido (35-11, 23 KOs) in April 16
in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
in Lopez’s training and personal life, Arum said, destroyed
27-year-old Lopez (30-1, 27 KOs).