The most anticipated boxing super-fight in our era is finally here as two top pound-for-pound fighters Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao will collide on May 2 at the MGM in Las Vegas. It took five years in the making of this fight that will re-write the history in boxing including breaking all revenue records with Pacquiao vs Mayweather tickets are insanely expensive. Although the magnitude weren’t as impactful five years ago when both Pacquiao and Mayweather is at their prime, regardless, it’s better late than never as both fighters remain remarkably close to their peak.
Mayweather who just turned 38 in February this year is looking for his 48th straight win and that would be against Pacquiao otherwise it’s 47-1 for the American. Although unbeaten 47-0, Mayweather pundits accused him of cherry-picking opponents to nourish his undefeated record. That’s probably the reason Mayweather enters this bout as a better-than 2-1 favorite.
They say that Floyd avoids lefty fighter but whether or not he is picking fights, it can be denied that Mayweather is one of the best boxer of his generation. His ability to adapt on opponent’s style and counter punching is uncanny. He catches opponents at just the right time tagging them with bully straight jabs. He proved it against young and powerful Mexican boxing star Saul Canelo Alvarez. Mayweather is one of the best defensive fighters on the planet.
But Mayweather boxing prowess is depreciating probably due to age which we’ve seen flat-footed Floyd in his last two fights against Marcus Maidana. Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said Floyd legs are shot compared four years ago. If this fight happened 4-5 years ago, Mayweather could have easily won. That it would be tougher for Pacquiao if this were 2009-10, where Mayweather may have been a favorite.
Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao at 36, showed he still got marbles by beating younger and talented fighter Chris Algirie in Macau. Pacquiao being a lefty could be the edge of the Filipino against the undefeated American. Pacquiao’s speed and power also bring challenge to Mayweather. Although Mayweather is quicker than Pacquiao, he doesn’t have a speed edge in exchanges where Pacquiao can throw furries of multiple 6-7 combinations. In short, Mayweather hasn’t faced an opponent that’s versatile as the Filipino.
Pacquiao with 57 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws has said that mega blockbuster fight with Mayweather on May 2 is the fight of his life. My ultimate Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweahter prediction will be 12-round split decision in favor of Pacquiao. Mayweather will be unstoppable in the early rounds of the fight tagging Pacquiao with his quick hands.
However, the Filipino will figure it out in the later rounds with his unrelenting combination the ultimately ultimately caught Mayweather kissing the canvass in around 10th round. Mayweather has slim lead until the last three rounds of the fight but Pacquiao will dominate the last three rounds resulting the judges to sway a split decision to Pacquiao.