Pacquiao would have suffered devastating knockout loss to Spence had the fight continued, analyst says
Veteran sports analyst Snow Badua believes Manny Pacquiao would have been seriously injured if his initially scheduled fight against WBC and IBF welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. had gone as planned.
Pacquiao was supposed to face Spence, but the fight was called off after the latter sustained an injury and was replaced by WBA welterweight world champion Yordenis Ugas. Had the fight gone as planned, Badua said the Filipino would have been arrested, based on his performance against Ugas.
“It was a blessing in disguise that the fight with Spence didn’t come to an end, otherwise it could have been a devastating loss for Pacquiao. If the fight took place he might have been stopped in 4 rounds as his feet were planted which made him an easy target for Spence, ”Badua said.
“That alone, it will be hard to think that they said Pacquiao was having cramps so especially since he becomes an easy target. Pacquiao looked like he was cemented to the mat as if Jose Rizal was moving more. quickly to Luneta than him.
Badua had predicted earlier that Pacquiao was bound to look old in his last contest given he had just retired from a two-year layoff. He was right in his prediction as countless observers noted that the Filipino boxing icon finally showed his age at 42.
“He lost his bob and weave, lost his evasiveness and lost his meter and power at the same time,” Badua said.
“I like to think it could have been a disaster, we don’t know where Manny Pacquiao would be right now if this Spence fight had taken place. Pacquiao wouldn’t resist Spence based on that performance.
—JMB, GMA News