By: Hans Themistode
Manny Pacquiao sensed deja vu as he sat again in his palatial property to look at Guillermo Rigondeaux tackle his fellow Filipino countrymen, and WBO bantamweight titlist, John Riel Casimero. The 2 confronted off this previous Saturday night time at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park, in Carson California.
Earlier than getting into the ring, each males gave off the phantasm that their contest could be action-packed. Whereas Casimero did his finest to carry up his finish of the discount, Rigondeaux was continually on the transfer.
In the long run, what resulted was a lackluster affair. With a grand complete of 91 punches landed, Rigondeaux and Casimero set the file for the bottom quantity of landed punches in CompuBox historical past.
As a reasonably jam-packed crowd was dissatisfied with what they have been watching, Pacquiao merely shook his head as he took a visit down reminiscence lane.
“I’m glad that he retained his belt however the factor is, his opponent didn’t need to combat him,” stated Pacquiao. “It was like Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather.”
After forcing the world to attend numerous years, Pacquiao and Mayweather confronted off in what was thought-about, “the combat of the century.” Though neither man was on the high of their video games, they have been nonetheless thought-about pound-for-pound stalwarts.
The anticipation was thick and the eye on their showdown was excessive. However finally, within the thoughts of many, they produced a dud of an occasion. In complete, Mayweather landed 148 of the 435 complete punches he threw that night time. Pacquiao, however, was much less environment friendly, nailing Mayweather a complete of 81 occasions whereas lacking a mixed 348 of his photographs.
Not like his countrymen, Pacquiao failed to choose up the win. However whereas he was thrilled that Casimero retained his tremendous bantamweight title, ultimately, Pacquiao wasn’t thrilled with the shortage of motion.