Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao Needs to Improve Speed, Strength

| by Alex Groberman

While Manny Pacquiao’s training partners may have noticed an overall improvement in his performance, the Filipino sensation feels he still needs improvement.

As the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion, Pacquiao has made it a big priority to be more agile and move more swiftly after gaining extra weight. According to multiple reports, Pacquiao hit the 150-pound mark before deciding it was time to cut the excess fat.

Now, the 7-division champion has reduced his weight to 148 pounds.

Speaking with reporters, Pacquiao said his extra weight had decreased his productivity and efficiency. Despite the slight boost in power he may have gotten, Pac-Man says he began to feel extremely sluggish and lost a noticeable amount of speed.

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However, after returning to the 148-pound mark, Pacquiao now feels like he’s on track for the Antonio Margarito bout looming in November.

Still, he feels like there is always room for improvement:

“Sa focus nandiyan tayo sa focus. Pero ang tina-target ko talaga, konti na lang, konti na lang… ‘yong sinasabi kong more speed and power (When it comes to focus, I’ve always been focused. But now my targets are, and I’m getting very near them, is getting more speed and power),” said Pacquiao.