IF you feel age has dulled the power in Manny Pacquiao's punches, look again.
That Filipino ring icon showed he still has the legendary power in his fists on Saturday when he dropped Mexican lightweight Adrian “Chinito” Young to the seat of his pants during sparring at the Pacman Gym in General Santos City.
A right uppercut that caught the boxer of Chinese descent from Los Mochos in Senaloa town flush on the chin in the second round of their four-round sparring sent Pacquiao’s sparmate reeling to the ropes before going down to the canvas.
Young immediately stood up as the eight-division met him at the center of the ring asking him if he’s okay. The sparring resumed after a while, completing a 10-round session that included three rounds each against Filipino Leopoldo Doronio and Australian George Kambosos Jr.
“Nakakita lang ako ng butas, so naisip ko testingin ko nga kung puwede pa,” Pacquiao, in deep preparation for his July 2 title fight with Australian challenger Jeff Horn, said on Sunday.
“Actually and instruction ni Freddie (Roach) was to throw as many combinations as I could. Nabigyan nga ng pagkakataon,” he added. “Mabuti naman hindi sya (Young) nagkaroon ng injury.”
His team was happy to see the devastating power hasn't waned.
“That was a strong, fast, devastating right that smacked the Mexican’s chin which he didn’t see coming,” Pacquiao’s Australian strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune told SPIN.ph in a long-distance telephone call.
Roach wasn't surprised, saying he’s been waiting for his pupil of 17 years to throw that kind of a haymaker for while now.
“As I’ve been telling you and to those who care to listen, Manny still has what it takes to send anybody to dreamland if he wants to. Plenty of it, actually. Yesterday he showed it to all of us,” Roach said.
“It’s been a long time, really, and I’m happy to see it again, “ the seven-time Trainer of the Year honoree of the Boxing Writers Association of America added chuckling.
“Well, maybe Manny is already tired of hearing speculation that he’s on the way down in his career and to prove otherwise, he decided to finally come out from his shell.
“And that could be dangerous to the opposition.”
Filipino assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez, Nonoy Neri and Roger “Haplas” Fernandez echoed Roach’s observation.
“Hindi naman talaga nawawala ang punching power ni Manny. Nandyan lagi yan,” Pacman’s boyhood pal in Barangay Labangal in GenSan, assessed.
“Hindi lang nya nagagamit. Kailangan kasi kay Manny galitin mo. Masyadong mabait kahit sa kalaban. Pero kapag nagalit, magtago ka na. Kung hindi, bugbog ka,” Roger Fernandez, Buboy’s younger brother, added.