The much anticipated Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao bout is tonight (May 2, 2015) at 8 p.m., five hours after the first undercard fight is set to begin.
Most people you talk to will tell you that this fight is the “fight of the century.”
This bout has been anticipated for years but, there has always been a pitfall. The most recent was Floyd Mayweather finding it necessary that Manny Pacquiao take an “Olympic-style” drug test just before the fight.
Mayweather comes into this bout with a record of 47 wins in 47 bouts with 26 knockouts. Mayweather is currently a five-division world champion. If Floyd wins this fight, he will be seen by many as possibly the second best boxer of all time, behind Muhammad Ali. He is known for his great defensive skills, his speed and agility, and his boxing IQ.
Pacquiao comes into this bout with a record of 57 wins in 64 bouts with 38 knockouts and two draws. Coming to this bout, Pacquiao has lost two of his last five fights. Pacquiao is the only boxer ever to be an eight-division world champion, known for his dominant straight left punch and his spectacular offensive footwork.
“They’re not the same,” “Sugar” Shane Mosley, who lost to both Mayweather and Pacquiao, said of Saturday’s competitors to the Los Angeles Times. “One’s more of a boxer, a mover and thinker.”
Boxers who have fought both famed fighters believe that Mayweather will defeat Pacquiao. However, analysts are much less agreeable about the results of this matchup.
Many critics think that Mayweather only takes fights that he can win. This means Pacquaio has an advantage in this fight with the tests he has faced, especially having had very difficult bouts over the past couple years.
Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, told the New York Times, “Fighters aren’t scared of each other… That isn’t part of the sport.”
Roach is one of the best trainers in boxing. In anticipation of this fight, Roach said that this matchup saved him from possibly committing suicide.
I don’t think this bout will be all it is expected to be. I expect it to go a boring 12 rounds with zero knockdowns and very few impactful punches.
I predict that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will win this fight by unanimous decision in 12 rounds. I do not think that Manny Pacquiao will be able to hold up against Floyd’s extremely accurate punches and speed.
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