Ahead of the “fight of the century” set to take place on Saturday, May 2, Floyd Mayweather’s former opponents are explaining why it is impossible to beat him.
Mayweather will enter the match with Manny Pacquiao with an undefeated record of 48-0.
There is a reason that he remains undefeated and is considered one of the best defensive fighters of all time. Ricky Hatton, who lost by knockout on December 8, 2007, referred to Mayweather as a “boxing artist.”
“I was fighting a genius, a boxing artist,” Hatton said, according to Yahoo Finance. “I was getting more and more frustrated. Lose your cool against Floyd Mayweather and what you do is you get knocked out.”
Oscar De La Hoya lost to Floyd by split decision on May 5, 2007.
“Now we have to give credit to Mayweather because what Mayweather can do is what Mayweather Sr. calls ‘walking your opponent down.’ So what he does is he gets in the pocket and covers himself and he’ll walk you down. And he’ll let you throw punches and Pacquiao is probably going to keep throwing punches in bunches and he might tire himself out while Mayweather is just blocking everything. And then Mayweather can just come, throw his combinations of two or three punches, win the round, put the rounds in the bag, and win the fight.”
Canelo Alvarez lost to Mayweather by majority decision on September 14, 2013, and said Mayweather’s biggest strength is that he doesn’t “expose anything.”
“He doesn’t expose anything. He’s a fighter that if with three punches he wins the round from you, he’s fine with that. He doesn’t expose anything and give a beautiful fight. He doesn’t care in what way he wins as long as he wins.
“He’s very fast and accurate and moreso when he’s just trying to make points. I didn’t really feel his punches were that strong. But he’s making points and he’s very fast.”
Shane Mosley fought Mayweather on May 1, 2011, and lost to a unanimous decision.
“Mayweather did what he was supposed to do as a champion to win,” Mosley said.
“”I felt that I had the advantage on Floyd. I was very certain that I could hit him with good shots and I thought that could be the difference. I caught him when he thought that he was out of the way. I kind of slid it, a veteran move, and caught him right on the button and rocked him. He was surprised and I was like, ‘Wow, this is my chance. I’m going to get him. I’m going to knock him out.’ But I just couldn’t. He made the adjustment. He was able to capitalize. After that the fight was over.”
Despite Mayweather’s past legal troubles, fans love to watch him, and millions are expected to be tuning in Saturday to watch him face off with Manny Pacquiao.
When asked if he thought the fight would live up to the hype, Mayweather said, “I can’t say,” according to Yahoo Sports. “Even if we fought at an extremely high pace, it is not for me to judge. My job is to go out and do my best. Just be Floyd Mayweather.”
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