Bare Eye

Team Pacquiao can afford a tuneup


Manny Pacquiao is definitely coming back to fight this year.

But before he even makes his first official move, it might help if he could first check on the condition, state of mind of his own team.

No, it can’t yet be likened to a headless chicken.

But as they’re all working around a comeback theme, Team Pacquiao must be made to regain its footing, find its core.

It has become easy to liken Team Pacquiao to a returning sea vessel with a faulty or missing navigational gear.

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It must first be made to determine where it’s headed.

Based on latest pronouncements, the team could easily be faulted for lack of sensible direction.

It’s both confused and scattered.

Notes the famous boxing eye Alex Groberman:

“The goofy befuddled look that everyone saw on Pacquiao’s face on Dec. 8 is the only one that can be associated with him and his camp at this point. They’re all dazed and confused. That is the only way to explain all the mixed messages, poorly thought out ideas, and conflicting theories that have emerged from his promoters, advisors, trainers and family over the past two weeks.”

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To each his own?

For starters, continues Groberman, Pacman rejected a recommendation to retire. Next it was said he would fight once this year, saving for a September showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez. Suddenly, they were announcing he would fight twice, in April and September later, possibly against Robert Guerrero or Brandon Rios; then came up the names of Jessie Vargas and Vyabcheslav Senchenko.

Of course, the most confusing shot would come from trainer Freddie Roach.

The multiawarded mentor, who has earned a new moniker Hollywood Freddie with his cute hairdo and love-struck eyes, said he would rather that Pacquiao just go straight into it.

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Professed Roach: “I don’t think a guy of Pacquiao’s caliber and stature needs a tune-up fight. He could get right back on the horse.”

Meanwhile, latest info said Pacquiao adviser and Bob Arum running dog Michael Koncz was headed for Singapore, scouting for an April venue as Pacquiao won’t be qualified yet to box in the US after he slept on the job against Marquez last time out.

A Manila fight for Pacquiao, Koncz was quoted as saying, is definitely out “because they can’t afford it here.”

Everybody, notes Groberman, was being made to decide—except Pacquiao himself.

Shouldn’t the captain be made to navigate for this crucial voyage?

Or should members of Team Pacquiao, especially its fumbling lead trainer, be required to have a Parkinson’s check first before they are made to pick Pacquiao’s next dancing foe?

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  • Yxon

    even with his loss, we still dont have the right to redicule the man.  the tremendous honor and respect he brought to the filipino race is just invaluable. ofw’s, sure you would agree on this.

  • Ronnie Atacador

    paquiao’s tune up fight with a younger high caliber opponent is too risky. Roach has a point. go for the big deal marquez unless manny’s team opts to have a patsy fighter for a sure win for manny but thats not what his fans want to see. Manny vs marquez is the most rational  but not this april, September most likely for an ample rest and preparation for our fallen champion… 

  • Marshall

    Osla ka na Boy Tulog kahit sino makalaban mo pababagsakin ka uli una mukha sa lona..pupusta ako sa kalaban sigurado doble pera ko….

  • dadomakapal

    Wait lang! Pacman is going to have a conference with god and his cohorts of born again and against ministers…..

  • Ratzkey

    Fight Mayweather now and give him what he wants. Let’s find out if he bit on the staged KO that was meant to let him grow some balls :) Win or lose at least the fight happened or Manny may not have any other chance to measure up to this guy ever. Marquez is loose change only made worthy by steroids.

    • lanzthirteen

      Are you kidding, Mayweather just toyed with Marquez when they fought and that is after coming out from a long lay-off? Marquez, 39 years old, beat Pacquiao who is only 34 years old. He knocked him down 2 times, the last one for good (zzzzzzz). Pacquiao fights Mayweather and he is going to get schooled. It will erase everything that he has worked for in terms of image and reputation. Think man, be logical, not like your idol.

  • captainramius

    Roach is dead right. Fight Marquez..( and earn the big payday ) fighting this young unbeaten fighters like Vargas is a risk to the 34 year old with too many roles in life Pacman. Unless his tune up fight is a patsy Manny is no longer a sure thing against young fighters what if he losses the Vth edition with Marquez will be even in doubt .


    Hallelujah, he badly needs the tune up. He wants to get back at the evil Darlene Custodio that’s why he needs all the money he can get to finance the election bid of his brother. The planned Pacquiao political  dynasty is for the glory of God. Hallelujah. 

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