LAS VEGAS - Lito Mondejar had known it a long time ago: Manny Pacquiao always had problems dealing with fighters who had a penchant for ducking.
Just like Juan Manuel Marquez before, and Tim Bradley later.
"Hirap talaga si Manny sa mga kalaban na lumulubog," said the veteran boxing man as he bends his head downward to mimic the act.
"Si Pacquiao bigyan mo yan ng kalaban na nakatayo sa harap niya, sigurado mana-knockout. Pero pag palubog, hirap yan."
Mondejar, formerly the promoter and matchmaker of Pacquiao during his early days as a pro, noted how Pacquiao struggled the moment Bradley changed his style and began turning to his jabs more midway into the 12-round fight.
"Ang dami ng mintis ni Manny pagtapos 'nun. `Yung mga uppercut, hindi maipasok," said Mondejar.
That was not the case earlier on when the challenger went toe-to-toe with Pacman. "Sumabay, ang daming beses tinamaan. O di ba gumewang," he said.
But nonetheless, he was certain Pacquiao was the clear winner in the fight, so much so that he left the MGM Grand even before the decision was announced and went straight to his room at the nearby Mandalay Bay.
When he saw the news flash of Bradley’s victory on the TV screen, he was as surprised as everyone.
"Nagulat ako," he said. "Walang duda, panalo si Manny dun."