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Manny Pacquiao vs Gennady Golovkin: "A prime PacMan would do very well against Triple G"

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Future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao will be gracing the squared circle once again on November 5, opposite Jessie Vargas at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. And while the soon to be 38 year old fighter is seemingly well past his respective fighting prime, the Pacman is still fighting at an elite level, as was evidenced in his impressive points victory over former two-division world champion Timothy Bradley in April of this year.

But despite looking sharp throughout all twelve rounds against the Desert Storm, most ringside observers would agree that a prime Manny Pacquiao was an entirely different animal; a once in a generation type of talent that could move fluidly in and out of range, while peppering his opponents with a high volume of powerful shots to the body and head.

Although it seems a bit far fetched at the moment, former Pacquiao strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza believes a prime Pacquiao would give current WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin everything he could handle in the ring for twelve rounds.

"I think he would do well," Ariza recently told ESNews.

'If you remember, I think it was 2011 or 2012, after the Margarito fight, Bob (Arum) was planning on putting Manny in with Chavez Jr. At that time, Manny had a very high punch output. I think he threw over 1200 punches against Margarito. And when you're dealing with these 160 pounders, they're not used to that kind of volume."

"And Manny back then created angles, he was all over the place...great explosiveness with good power."

Even though the current Middleweight kingpin has been heralded by Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach as the best in the business at cutting off the ring and closing the distance, the always candid fitness trainer believes a prime Pacman would have a good chance at defeating Golovkin by turning the contest into a numbers game.

"I think another thing that would give him (Golovkin) problems, would be power shots, five, six, seven, eight in a row, and he would come back and throw another five, six, seven punch combination," claims Alex Ariza.

"It would create a lot of problems for Gennady Golovkin. For a small Middleweight, like Canelo or Golovkin, you might take too many chances to get him to open up so you can land one big shot. But by that time, Manny would be racking up power shots and scoring effectively in every round."

"So I think Manny would do quite well. At that time, Manny's power and punch volume was just too much for bigger opponents, because they didn't have that kind of output."

While the world will never get to see this mythical, prime for prime match-up, fight fans can still catch the sport's only eight division world champion, Manny Pacquiao, in action on November 5 against current WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on Top Rank PPV. Top Rank plans to officially announce "Pacquiao vs. Vargas" on September 8, at a location to be determined in Los Angeles, California.

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