QUOTE (The CEO @ May 6 2010, 08:27 PM)
You know...many people regard Manny as a power puncher now....what I wanna know is...where was all this power when he was at his lighter weights....when he was gettin' beat (Morales) and goin' life and death (Marquez) with guys a few years ago...he hit those guys with some full punches.
Nowadays, he's one punchin' tough guys (Hatton) OUT and stalkin' legit Welters (Cotto) until he finishes them...
Floyd, on the other hand, has always had some power...he was droppin' (Corrales), stoppin' (Manfredy), and hurtin' (Gatti) guys when he was smaller and can do the same to guys his same size now....
You can say Packy's gotten better and better as a boxer...because he has...but this newfound power and strength of his at higher weights stinks of foul play....no matter how shitty (Diaz) or dead (DLH) his comp was...
Lets break it down shall we?
Morales has a world class chin, has been in so many outrageous wars and how many times had he been put down his ENTIRE career? I think about twice. Why should Manny just be able to blast him out of there?
Marquez, Manny put down about 5 times in 2 fights, shows decent power to me at a light weight. However Marquez is a world class fighter who doesn't get stopped.
Manny also beat the shit out of Barerra in the first fight when Barerra was still considered close to his prime and something of an upset at the time.
You mention going 'life and death' with Marquez. Yeah? But what has that got to do with power? Stay on point with the argument. Like saying he ended up stalking Cotto at WW. Again what has that got to do with one power punching.
We are discussing Many's power right? Not his stamina, not his ability to take a punch but his power yeah?
As for Fatton? c'mon CEO you know better than that. If ANY fighter is gonna run round the ring with their hands down, face first, against a world class opponent they are gonna get dropped. I doubt there would be many fighters at 140 pounds that could've taken a shot that clean and got up. That was a mixture of Manny's power, improved technique and Fatton's own stupidity.
As for DLH and Cotto, Manny had to hit both those guys with pretty much the kitchen sink and he STILL couldn't knock them out. DLH quit on his stool and Cotto ended the fight on his feet so I'm struggling to see the awesome new found power you talk of.
You are right though Manny has improved his technique and fight strategy out of sight. I'd say this may have something to do with it. That and outside of Mayweather he prepares harder and better than anyone in the sport.
I'd deduce that Manny has got decent power, but the real danger is in his volume punching, something that has been a trademenark from his earliest days. Over the years with Roach his technique has improved about a gazillion percent, he's developed things like a right hand which he never had before and as a consequence has moved up and dominated higher levels of opposition.
His detractors will also state that his opponents are handpicked for their vulnerability, DLH weightdrained, Cotto shopworn, Clottey a set-up etc. Which if that is the case would make it even more likely that Pac should dominate them in the way that he has.
Put all the above factors together I see no mystery.