Manny Pacquiao discovers scientifically how hard he punches

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Manny Pacquiao is widely considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time, but just how hard does he punch?

The Sport Science team decided to find out with the help of special high-speed motion capture technology that would accurately analyze how hard Pacquiao hit a punching bag.

The results showed that Pacquiao’s punch landed in just 0.12 seconds. To put that into perspective, that’s quicker than the blink of an eye, which takes 0.3 seconds.

Meanwhile, calculations showed that he had hit the target with 806lbs of force, the equivalent of being hit by a shotgun blast.

That’s impressive when you consider that Pacquiao is only 5ft 5 ½” tall and at the time was weighing around 145lbs.

The experiment took place prior to Pacquiao’s long-awaited showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2015, by which point the 36-year-old Filipino superstar had amassed a 57-5-2 record and was the WBO welterweight champion.

Pacquiao’s punching power had already been proven where it counts most by that stage, with 38 of his 57 career victories have come by way or knockout.

Among the champions that ‘Pacman’ has stopped over the course of his career include stars like Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, David Diaz and Erik Morales.

One man who did last the distance with Pacquiao was fellow boxing legend, Shane Mosley, back in 2011, though he was floored in the third round.

Afterward, a perplexed Mosley claimed that while Pacquiao wasn’t the hardest puncher he’d faced, he’d hit him in a way that he’d never experienced before in his long career.

”I don’t know where he throws his punches, but he does something where, when he lands, it is a different impact,” Mosley told FightHype. “I mean, I get hit by, even now, I get hit by bigger guys all the time and there’s no dazing, I don’t wobble, I don’t do any of that stuff. I don’t feel like I’m getting ready to wobble or anything. With Pacquiao, he just touches you and your already wobbling. It’s not like he’s heavy-handed. He’s not heavy-handed.

”It’s weird, it’s the weirdest thing.”

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