Manny Pacquiao hasn’t lost his incredible speed even at the age of 45
Eight weight world champion Manny Pacquiao posted a clip of himself smashing the bag on social media platform X over two years on from his tentative retirement.
The boxing legend is seen showing off his fantastic hand speed on the heavy bag in a 20 second clip while members of the media capture the footage in the gym.
Pac-Man has recently teased a return to boxing, with him and his former foe Floyd Mayweather hinting at a possible rematch.
However, talks, it seems, have moved on towards a very different proposition, with Pacquiao’s coach mentioning Terence Crawford as a potential opponent.
The Filipino’s strength and conditioning coach, Justin Fortune, believes that he could get his fighter ready to face one of the pound-for-pound stars in the sport.
But, regardless of how the 45-year-old looks in the gym, his performance against Yordenis Ugas gave the impression that the time had come to hang up his gloves.
The fight, which took place in August 2021, came after a sensational run where Pacquiao defied all odds by becoming a world champion at welterweight, making several successful defences of his WBA title.
This was not the same run where he stopped Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto in consecutive fights, though.
It was a more recent, while still impressive, run that came once he snatched the title from a faded Lucas Matthysse.
Then, after strong performances against Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman, Pacquiao was beginning to find his feet once again in, historically, one of boxing’s most competitive divisions.
But, suddenly, Pac-Man was comprehensively beaten by unheralded underdog Ugas in a fight which, while close on the scorecards, was a relatively straight forward nights work for the Cuban.
Now, despite Crawford showing interest in a mega-fight with Canelo, Pacquiao’s name is being mentioned once again and, sure enough, testament to his legacy, it is a name that still holds value in the division.