Pacquiao Can Beat Golovkin At A Catchweight
Manny Pacquiao has a chance to beat Golovkin at a catchweight. The Filipino eight-division world champion, who started his boxing career in a much lighter weight class, was known for moving up in different weight classes and beating everyone who fights him in the squared circle. It’s amazing how he conquered unknown territories in the upper weight class and captured the crowns of the reigning kings there.
We can recall how Pacquiao hit Margarito, who was seven inches taller and 17 pounds heavier in their November 13, 2010 square off. Many boxing analysts at the time have warned the smaller Filipino pugilist of the danger of facing Margarito, because they believed that Margarito was the toughest opponent Pacquiao had ever faced.
Many people thought, before the fight happened, that it was a mismatch due to Margarito’s height advantage and his weight difference against Pacquiao. In fact, it was a mismatch, once the two prizefighters started exchanging leathers inside the ring, but in Pacquiao’s favor. However, let’s make it clear that during that time Margarito was no pushover. He has one of boxing’s most vicious body shots in his arsenal despite the fact that he also has a granite chin, and a powerful uppercut.
Margarito’s size and height advantage was no match for Pacquiao’s speed and precision punching. And although he managed to escape a knockout from Pacquiao and finished the 12 rounds, he left the ring with a disfigured face and a fractured right orbital bone. Margarito was never the same again after that fight.
Manny Pacquiao’s rise to boxing superstardom could be attributed to his hard work, dedication and, of course, his trainer Freddie Roach. Roach trained Pacquiao for the first time at his Wild Card gym in California as a replacement fighter against IBF super bantamweight champion Lehlo Ledwaba of South Africa. In his United States debut on June 23, 2001, Pacquiao stunned the highly favored Ledwaba, and those who watched the fight, with a vicious fifth-round knockout.
If there was one man who knows better what Pacquiao can still do in the boxing ring, it was none other than his trainer Roach. But with the Covid-19 pandemic still no end in sight, making it more difficult to pick opponents or select where the fight should take place, the veteran trainer can only share with us what he has in mind about Manny in a recent interview. “Manny doesn’t want to beat just anyone,” Roach said. “He wants to fight the best.”
He opened up the idea that Pacquiao might consider fighting two-time world middleweight champion and pound-for-pound king of 2017 Gennady Golovkin. Of course, Golovkin is a mountain to climb for Pacquiao considering his size and weight advantage. But Pacquiao has dared to climb and conquered quite a few boxing’s Mount Everest in his illustrious career: Dela Hoya, Cotto, Diaz, Hatton, Margarito, and more.
He has done it before and will do it again this time. The pugilist from the Philippines can beat Golovkin at a catchweight of 148 pounds. Still, fighting the middleweight champ at 154 is a risk worth taking. At 41, Manny continues to surprise everyone. And we could see him still doing pretty well, even against bigger, younger opponents.