Filipino trainer Buboy Fernandez was caught on camera in-between rounds asking Manny Pacquiao, “Tumigas ang paa mo?”
(Did your legs get tight?)
Pacquiao did not verbally answer but pointed at his legs.
It was enough explanation on how Pacquiao lost to Yordenis Ugas in their battle for the Cuban’s super welterweight crown at T-Mobile Arena here.
Without lateral movement, Pacquiao proved vulnerable to Ugas’ jabs and yielded a unanimous decision loss.
According to Fernandez, who supervises Pacquiao’s training in the Philippines, the muscle cramps were crucial because every time the Filipino boxing icon threw a punch, he needed to press his legs for power.
Fernandez said the muscle tightness started at the right calf, going up to the back of the hamstring.
Muscle cramps were nothing new to Pacquiao, but the grueling runs, not to mention his age – 42 years old – he did during training camp must have compounded their occurrence at a wrong time.
Rather than use muscle cramps as an excuse, Fernandez accepted the verdict and wanted his childhood friend to be back.
Contradicting general perception, Fernandez believes Pacquiao should not hang his gloves yet.
“We will try again and rise again,” said Fernandez, who serves as vice mayor of Polangui, Albay. – Rappler.com