Pacquiao, who is set to start rigorous training in Baguio City in northern Philippines under his long-time trainer Freddie Roach, is favored to win over Shane Mosley as they collide on May 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Since his loss to Erik Morales via a unanimous decision in 2005, Pacquaio has spent most of his time at Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym, trying to improve his skill. One of the major changes which helped him win all his fights since losing to Morales was his new-found right hand power, courtesy of Freddie Roach.
How Freddie Roach "converted" Pacquiao's right hand into a powerful "fighting tool" is his well-kept trade secret.
Pacquiao's opponents have been made aware of his "new" deadly right hand and it has helped him in his fight strategy. Since his opponents know beforehand his right hand is now as strong as his left, they now have to worry about two power punches instead of one. It has also given them defense nightmares as they will have a hard time figuring out which hand will land.
According to Al Bernstein, Pacquiao throws an average of 1,000 punches per fight. The veteran sports journalist said he favors the pound-for-pound king in a possible Pacquiao-Mayweather match.
In the interview by Bleacher Report Columnist King J
, the veteran sports journalist said:
"I have a prediction on that fight. It's Manny Pacquiao by decision. He always throws 1,100 punches or a 1,000 punches or 1,200 punches a fight. Floyd Mayweather always throws 500 punches a fight."
"So my problem is the way that Mayweather will win the fight is if he knocks Manny Pacquiao out, or he hurts him so much early that Manny Pacquiao stops attacking.
"When Manny Pacquiao attacks from all these different angles throwing 1,000 punches I don't know how (and some people think I'm crazy for saying this) and I love Floyd I think he's a terrific fighter, I don't know how he wins this fight by decision."
In another interview by Brad Cooney of Examiner.com
, he wrote: "Bernstein asked me another great question. He said, " Brad, how many fighters change their technique in their 30's?" Bernstein then added, "Another reason I don't think Manny is on steroids is because it's not like Manny got stronger. He didn't get stronger as he got older, he is beating bigger guys because he and Roach changed his technique in the ring.
"Steroids have nothing to do with technique." Bernstein added, "Back when Manny was fighting Morales, he would stand in front of him, come right at him, throw his punches, and exchange with him. Roach knew that Manny couldn't do that with welterweights, so he changed up Manny's technique. They made brilliant adjustments, and this is why Manny Pacquiao is beating the bigger guys, not because of steroids."
Although Mosley is also known for his speed, Pacquiao is definitely more speedier and therefore he has the edge over Mosley if Bernstein's argument is to be validated.
Mosley has intimated he has Pacquiao all figured out and predicted an upset. Pacquiao on the other hand said he does not underestimate Mosley's ability and will train hard to win and to please boxing fans.