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Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Why elite trainer hopes they "never fight each other"

Joseph Herron Updated
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After staging his first dominant performance against an elite level fighter since 2011, Manny Pacquiao is once again the talk of the boxing community. On Saturday, April 12th, the "Pacman" claimed a unanimous decision victory over previously unbeaten Timothy Bradley in front of a near sold out crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Shortly after the fight's conclusion, boxing scribes and fight fans alike were heard once again clamoring for a mega fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the only eight division world champion in the history of boxing.

Although most are in agreement that a pairing of the two biggest names in the sport would shatter all previous box office and pay-per-view records, future Hall of Fame trainer Ronnie Shields hopes that the match-up never materializes.

"I really saw how Pacquiao aged on Saturday night," states the Houston, Texas, based fight coach.

"He's definitely not the same fighter he was even a couple of years ago. He's so different. I really think the knock-out by Marquez damaged him mentally and physically. This isn't the Pacquiao we were used to seeing before that fight."

"If a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao were to happen right now, Floyd would kill him. Floyd would really put a hurting on him, and I hope the fight doesn't happen now."

Although a fight between Manny and Floyd has been the overwhelming choice of the fans for the past five years, Coach Ronnie believes that the eventual outcome wouldn't be good for the sport of boxing.

"Pacquiao is such a credit to the sport and has meant so much to boxing, that I wouldn't want to see him go out like that...and trust me, he would go out after a fight with Mayweather."

Throughout boxing history, great champions of years past have been retired by the sport; becoming a mere symbol of their legendary careers, with a fraction of the ability that once made them great.

The experienced boxing mentor believes that Manny Pacquiao's story deserves a much better ending.

"Manny has done so much for boxing, and he really doesn't owe the sport any more of himself. The sport owes him a huge debt of gratitude."

"A lot of once great fighters stay in the sport way too long and have trouble letting go because this is what they do. I would hate to see Manny Pacquiao go out that way, especially if he gets knocked out again."

"Manny is too good of a person and ambassador to the sport to go out in a bad way."

"The fight could have been competitive several years ago, but not now. I hope the fight between Manny and Floyd doesn't happen now."


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