"Manny Pacquiao needs to cut off the ring better... to beat Floyd Mayweather," insists expert trainerWritten by Joseph Herron
Although it's currently being reported that the pound for pound best fighter in boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr, is interested in implementing a rematch clause within the contract of a projected super fight with eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao, expert strategist and three decade boxing mentor James Gogue insists that it may be the Pacman who should be worried about a return bout guarantee.
While the Filipino Congressman's winning performance this past Saturday night against previously unbeaten Chris Algieri was indeed impressive, the knowledgeable fight trainer claims that Manny must make improvements in his fight game if he hopes to defeat the best defensive pugilist in the sport.
"It really surprised me that Manny appeared to be having trouble cutting off the ring against Chris Algieri," states James Gogue.
"It looked like he was merely following Chris around the ring at times. Manny's going to have to do a much better job of cutting off the ring against Floyd Mayweather Jr. if he hopes to have any chance in beating him."
"Floyd is a much greater athletic talent than Chris Algieri."
No offense to Chris, but he's not in the same league with Floyd Mayweather Jr. when it comes to hand speed, reflexes, footwork, ring intelligence or overall athletic talent."
"In every category, Floyd is just a better fighter than Algieri. If Manny thought he had a hard time catching Chris Algieri, he'll be in serious trouble when he sees Floyd Mayweather in the ring."
Gogue points out that the soon to be 36 year old fighter has looked great in the past against relatively stationary targets, but seems to have trouble landing clean punches against boxers who can use the entire ring proficiently.
"Against guys like Margarito, Rios, and even De La Hoya, Manny looked tremendous," claims the experienced fight trainer.
"The Pacman is able to fire off quick combinations in volume when he's facing an opponent who is planted or doesn't move as well as Floyd Mayweather."
"But when a fighter shows him some movement, he isn't able to let his hands go as frequently in combination."
Boxing genius James Gogue, center, with a few of his fans.
"If a fighter is in front of Manny or on the ropes, I feel sorry for them because they're going to get punished. But when a fighter is proficient at using the entire ring, Manny has problems cutting off the ring and closing the distance."
After Floyd's most recent two outings against Argentine puncher Marcos "El Chino" Maidana, Pacquiao's Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach, stated through various media sources that Floyd Jr. doesn't possess the same physical attributes he once enjoyed throughout his career.
The prolific talent scout respectfully disagrees with the world renowned five time trainer of the year.
"Freddie is a proven trainer who knows boxing extremely well," states Gogue. "But with all due respect, I didn't see any evidence that Floyd is on the decline throughout his last two performances. He still showed great reflexes, hand speed, footwork, counter punching ability...all of the factors that traditionally give Manny Pacquiao problems in the ring."
"No one else in boxing has the same athleticism and reflexes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. That's what truly separates him from everyone else in boxing. It's how he's able to fight out of the shoulder roll position and counter effectively after making an opponent miss."
"If Manny Pacquiao doesn't improve his ability to cut off the ring and close the distance intelligently, it's going to be difficult for him to win a fight against Mayweather. If he can't cut off Floyd's reaction time, he has very little chance of hitting Floyd and handing the best pound for pound fighter in boxing his first professional loss."
Listen to expert strategist James Gogue's entire "Floyd vs. Manny" pre-fight analysis.