Manny Pacquiao: Overconfidence kills

Nick Giongco 12/02/2016

Manny Pacquiao was getting ready to rock and roll during training this week when the topic shifted from boxing to basketball and back to boxing.

But the famed Filipino fighter, who has declared that the April 9 rubber match with Tim Bradley will be his swan song, was reminded about Alaska’s fall from grace against San Miguel during the recent Philippine Cup.

Pacquiao, a diehard cage fan being the playing coach of Mahindra, cited one mistake that the Aces committed against the Beermen.

Overconfidence kills, noted Pacquiao, who assured everyone who cared to listen during a late-afternoon workout at the Elorde Gym on Makati Avenue that he has learned a lot from letting his guard down even when he felt he was just seconds away from getting the job done.

“If you are too confident things can happen in boxing,” said Pacquiao, who was taking charge when a retreating Juan Manuel Marquez knocked him out with just one punch in the sixth round in December 2012 when everyone thought he was about to finish off the Mexican master.

Even though Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach won’t be showing up in his General Santos City gym until Monday, the 37-year-old Pacquiao is making sure overconfidence doesn’t set in.

Before towing his entourage to the gym, Pacquiao ran around Forbes Park in the morning, something that he did the previous day when he skipped afternoon session owing to his political commitment with UNA in Mandaluyong City on Tuesday.

While the campaign season is already in full swing, Pacquiao opted to dress up for training and not for a sortie around the city.

“I won’t underestimate Bradley,” he added as he got up from the stool, looking eager and raring to bang the heavy bag and pound the mitts of training assistant Buboy Fernandez.

Indeed, Pacquiao is not taking Bradley for granted.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks