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Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley in New York City on Feb. 14.  (Filipino Reporter photo by Robert dela Cruz)

 

Leading up to the big May 7 showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley, there’s been a lot of talk about the powerful right hand and knockout blows of Mosley.

Interestingly, there’s been very little world on the punching prowess of the southpaw from the Philippines.

Perhaps it’s because it’s been two bouts and a year-and-a-half since we saw him send an opponent down to the canvas.

It’s time refresh our memories.

Let’s not forget that Pacquiao knocked out Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya in successive fights.

Just as Mosley can deal heavy blows with his right, so can Pacquiao with both his fists.

In fact, Pacquiao’s intense pre-fight training has caused him to lose sparring partners.

Eddie Alinea of Philboxing.com writes:

“[Pacquiao] looked to have ran out of sparring partner[s] following his sending future welterweight contender Shawn Porter to the canvas in last Saturday’s session...Porter, one of the men who helped the eight-division champion prepare in his fight against Miguel Cotto three years ago and Pacquiao’s chief mate in this bout, absorbed a powerful left cross to the chin that sent him at the seats of his pants in the third round of their session and refused to continue what was billed an eight-round skirmish.”

Portner was just the latest Pacquiao victim.

A week ago, Pacquiao reportedly dealt a heavy punch to an unnamed sparring partner that would have left him on the canvas, if he hadn’t hung on to the ropes.

That’s two men down in two weeks and Pacquiao is running low on human punching bags.

The return of his punching power is a tell-tale sign that he getting pumped up for the fight and we could see something that was missing from his last two fights against Antonio Margarito and Joshua Clottey — his tremendous knockout power.

Sugar Shane Mosley beware.

Manny’s ready to knock you out.