Pacquiao has achieved more but Mayweather and Donaire are more skillful – Garcia

11 Oct

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Robert Garcia, a former world champion turned respected coach, has seconded Freddie Roach’s assertion that Manny Pacquiao’s accomplishments in the ring may never be replicated, however, the Oxnard-based trainer believes that Pacquiao’s welterweight rival Floyd Mayweather Jr as well as a fighter from his own stable – Nonito Donaire – are blessed with greater skills than Manny.

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Garcia in pensive mood. S. Verbeek - MABG, Dallas

“What Pacquiao has done and what he has going on right now is something that we might not see again from another fighter – Filipino, Mexican or whatever,” the 36-year-old owner of The Robert Garcia Boxing Academy told ESNewsreporting.com.

Pacquiao’s achievements have transcended boxing but when it comes to specific sporting awards his honour roll remains hugely impressive having accumulating major belts in an astonishing – and record-breaking – eight weight classes.

The world titles have ensured he is a pound-for-pound number one mainstay. Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38ko) retains considerable pay-per-view worth and is a guaranteed ticket-seller regardless of whether he is boxing in one of Las Vegas’ mega casinos or at the Cowboys Stadium; a billion dollar arena with an 80,000 capacity.

When it comes to skills, though, he is trumped by both Donaire and Mayweather Jr, according to Garcia. Roach recently claimed Donaire has a predictable fighting style as he has shown in his most noted fights that he is over-reliant on the left hook.

Garcia counters: “If we talk about skills, I could say maybe Nonito is the more skillful fighter than Pacquiao. Maybe Mayweather is more skillful than Pacquiao.” He continued: “But for what Pacquiao has done – coming from flyweight, welterweight, super welterweight and still winning titles and beating everyone in front of him… like I said, we may never see that again.”

An adaptable fighter, Donaire (26-1-0, 18ko) can set traps for boxers to fall into that he then capitalises on (see: Fernando Montiel) prior to knocking them out, or he can box a distance fight. Whilst Donaire’s left hook is world renowned, he also can call upon a thunderous cross. Garcia upholded: “I’m not afraid to say Nonito is more skillful, it’s just a matter of time. Nonito has two or three more weight divisions he’s going to dominate after this one; I think he has the power to dominate.”

Donaire, a champion of two world titles, defends his bantamweight crowns against undefeated Argentine, Omar Narvaez, on October 22. The bout will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City and, on the night, Garcia has two fighters whom he will act as head cornerman for as his brother, Miguel “Mikey” Garcia is due to contest a featherweight bout on the undercard.

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2 Responses to “Pacquiao has achieved more but Mayweather and Donaire are more skillful – Garcia”

  1. aloha October 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    That’s the same thing he said about Margarito before his fight with Pacquiao. Look what happend to his pupil. He looks like a Pacquiao’s punching bag. Garcia has no credibility at all. He’s learning from the Mayweather clan using their mouth to promote a fighter rather looking for a better opponent. Donaire is way too far compared to Pacquiao even to Khan. I don’t think Dornaire could even achieve a half of what Pacquiao has achieved. Rios, Donaire maybe be good but not too good compared to class level A fighter

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