Manny Pacquiao vs. Roberto Duran’s Weigh Gain

Manny Pacquiao (Age & Fighting Weight)

Born 1978-12-17

106lbs on debut aged 16 years 1 month & 4 days

113lbs in his 11th fight aged 17 years 0 months & 28 days

113lbs aged 18 years 0 months & 11 days

114lbs aged 19 years 5 months & 1 day

111.75 lbs aged 20 years 5 months & 7 days

119.5lbs aged 21 years 2 months & 15 days

120lbs aged aged 24 years 7 months & 9 days

129lbs aged 29 years 2 months & 28 days

142lbs aged 29 years 11 months & 19 days

147lbs aged 33 years 5 months & 22 days

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao’s weight has changed significantly relative to his height & thus his BMI has gone from severely underweight to near perfectly healthy for a person in the general population for his height (assumed near linear throughout).

He has maintained a lean physique whilst undergoing a weight gain of (at its most extreme): 13lbs or 10.08% in 8 months & 21 days between the second Juan Manuel Marquez fight in 2008 & the “Dream Match” with Oscar De La Hoya later that same year. To make historical comparisons of any validity I’ll limit straight comparisons to guys who were, as Manny was, in his prime as a fighter during his peak weight gain periods. I use “prime” in the broader sense – ie. Roberto Duran anytime up to or prior to his last major world level win against Iran Barkley in 1989 is deemed “prime”.

Duran is of course a very useful comparison considering he – over a career spanning five decades – campaigned at as low as 119lbs as a 16 year old to as high as 176lbs as a 47 year old. This constitutes a 47.9% increase over 31 years – which transverses the self-imposed broad prime only imposition mentioned earlier as by age 47 years of age Duran was some years past his credible prime. If we only include “prime worthy” wins – the highest weight at which the Panamanian achieved such a feat was 156.25lbs (vs. Barkley). This represents a 31.3% increase over his lowest weight as a professional boxer & took around 21 years to materialize. Additionally Duran did not move through the weights with the maintenance of leanness that has characterized Pacquiao’s weight gain.

Indeed Pacquiao went through the 31.3% gain threshold over baseline (or 139.25lbs) when he fought Oscar De La Hoya. That was actually a 33.96% gain over baseline. Thus, what took Duran 21 years to achieve without relative leanness, Pacquiao was able to do (and then some) in a “mere” 13 years with almost Adonis like levels of muscle tone throughout. Much of Duran’s path up the weight divisions was made necessary by his proclivity for eating & over-eating – he endured a longer & at times more acute history of struggling to make weight & of indulging in unhealthy eating practices.

All of this will serve as justification for Floyd Mayweather‘s long run insistence that any bout between the two be subject to Olympic style drug testing.

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Michael Koncz Suffers a Mild Heart Attack

According to a recent article by Yahoo Sports, Manny Pacquiao’s long time adviser Michael Koncz has suffered a mild heart attack, but is now safe and out of danger at a Macau hospital.

Koncz has been an integral part in Pacquiao’s decision making for a long time, and has been directly involved in most Manny’s career and life.

Let’s all hope for his quick recovery and the ability to watch his friend and client Manny Pacquiao fight live.

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Marquez’s Loss and Pacquiao’s Victory Would Yield Pacquiao vs. Marquez V

For Juan Manuel Marquez, boxing has not only been his blessing, but at times turned out to be a curse as well.

Marquez is a technical marvel when it comes to boxing, and he has rightfully earned not only his titles and fame, but an entire army of Dinamita fans. He has always been loyal to boxing, but strongly believes that boxing has not returned the favor.

In his fights against Pacquiao, Marquez along with a colossal amount of boxing fans disagreed with a couple of his losses, claiming an unfair and wrongful decision by the judges. Believing that history repeats itself, this has occurred once again according to Marquez and his team.

Losing to Timothy Bradley this past Saturday was not the result that Marquez expected to hear after the finishing bell of the twelfth round. Nonetheless, Bradley was given the victory in their very close fight.

Many articles have reported Marquez as looking defeated, walking away from the arena a retired man at heart. Should Marquez feel differently? Was this a fair decision by the judges? Does it even matter?

Marquez, if he wishes so, can still fight a few more huge fights, Manny Pacquiao being the obvious number one choice. The bad blood between the two is only as strong as their positions in boxing, and at this point, both champions need a confidence boosting victory.

In other words, I believe that Juan’s loss and Pacquiao’s possible future victory will force them to face one another yet again.


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Nonito Donaire Picks His Countryman Pacquiao Over Rios

“Of course [I’m with] with Pacquiao… for me boksingero ako, I’m a fighter. I look at it in a different light. Kung tatanungin mo ako, I would say that Pacquiao still has the edge kase he has the speed,” stated Nonito Donaire in a recent interview.

Aside from the fact that Pacquiao is Donaire’s countryman, I think that most people out there would agree with Donaire that Pacquiao is very likely to come out a dominating winner in his fight against Rios.

Does Pacquiao have the edge and the speed over Rios as Donaire suggests? Definitely.

The main edge that Manny has is ring experience. Time in the ring against top notch competition cannot be traded or bought; one has to be good enough and lucky enough to land those fights.

Of course there is also the physical aspect of their competitiveness. Rios is younger and hungry for the win. Pacquiao is a seasoned champion with a variety of competitors that he had disposed of. Manny is probably faster is undoubtedly stronger than Rios, but at some point in time, all that goes away as people get older.

Notice, I did not say old, but instead used the term ‘older’. Like a puzzle being taken apart, physical attributes diminish slowly. So will Pacquiao enter the ring against Rios as an ‘older’ fighter, or will he be the same Manny Pacquiao that shocked the world by dominating most of his competition?


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Both Pacquiao & Mayweather Jr. List Their Mansions For Sale

Pacquiao LA Home

If you have an extra $2.7 million to spend, and you happen to be a Manny Pacquiao fan, you can now buy his Los Angeles mansion. The house was listed on, and it looks as thought Manny is hoping to make some money on his MTV Cribs featured home.

Initially he bought it for $2.17 million in 2009, looking to gain about $500,000 if sells for at least the asking price.

But as the article suggests, this home comes with some negative history as well. Apparently due to the known fact that this home belongs to Pacquiao, there have been robbery attempts while Pacman was training in the Philippines.

But what if you don’t like Pacquiao, and are a huge fan of Floyd Mayweather Jr.? Well don’t you worry, just go ahead and put an offer of $3.45 million on Floyd’s recently listed Vegas home.

Looks like both champions got bored of their mansions, and have decided to get rid of them and look for something fresh.

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