By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Mayweather, Pacquiao sign to fight on May 2nd
The fight the world has been waiting for will finally take place on Saturday, May 2, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, as unified WBC/WBA champion, Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and WBO champion, Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) will meet to unify the World Welterweight Championship. The winner of this fight will be regarded as the best fighter of their generation.
Mayweather and Pacquiao have been on a collision course since 2009, but for many reasons, the fight didn’t materialize. Whether the issue was over money, randomized drug-testing, or which network would televise the fight, Mayweather-Pacquiao became more of a fantasy.
Mayweather and Pacquiao (combined) have defeated the very best fighters to have entered the boxing arena in the last 15-20 years: Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Robert Guerrero, Timothy Bradley, Brandon Rios, Marcos Rene Maidana, David Diaz, Joshua Clottey, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Antonio Margarito. Also, Mayweather and Pacquiao both share decisive victories against common opponents that include Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, and Juan Manuel Marquez.
There is no one else left for both Mayweather and Pacquiao to fight. They defeated everyone that crossed their path. Guys like Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia, Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman, and Adrien Broner simply do not count. They’re simply not on Mayweather or Pacquiao’s level as of yet.
The Cold War between Mayweather Promotions/SHOWTIME and Top Rank/HBO ended when all parties secretly met this winter about coming together to make Mayweather-Pacquiao happen at long last. When Mayweather and Pacquiao sat across from each other at a Miami Heat game and spoke at halftime, it sent chills throughout the sports world. When the two met behind closed doors and discussed the possibility of making the fight happen, everyone with an opinion started posting pics and comments on their Instagram/Facebook accounts.
“I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight happen helped get the deal done,” Mayweather was quoted. “Giving the fans what they want to see is always my main focus.”
Floyd Mayweather is the consensus favorite to defeat Manny Pacquiao. However, a fight of this magnitude and considering the public’s distaste for Mayweather and their admiration for the Pac-Man, the public may ‘pick’ Mayweather to win, but deep down they will be heavily rooting for Pacquiao to do the one thing that 47 previous opponents have failed to do…
Defeat Floyd Mayweather.
“I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years,” Pacquiao was quoted. “They have waited long enough and they deserve it.”
I’ve stated in recent years that if Mayweather signed to fight Manny, Mayweather would win convincingly. However, the longer they’d take to make the fight, the better Pacquiao’s chances of winning.
Mayweather, who recently turned 38 years of age, doesn’t have the same slickness and quickness on his feet as he did a few years ago. Mayweather is still one of the fastest fighters in the world, as his reflexes are sharp. However, at this stage in their careers, Pacquiao may be the faster of the two. He can surely match Mayweather in speed and footwork, as Manny Pacquiao has one of the most beautiful footwork I’ve ever seen in a boxing ring.
But before we go ahead and pick Pacquiao to defeat Mayweather, understand that Pacquiao is no longer the mini-whirlwind that blitzed through multiple-weight classes knocking guys out. The last time Pacquiao earned a stoppage victory was in 2009 when he stopped Miguel Cotto in a very impressive showcase of combination-punching power, speed, and agility.
In 2012 Pacquiao was winless having lost two fights: a controversial decision against Bradley that was avenged last year and a concussive knockout defeat to Marquez in the fourth and final bout of a classic rivalry. Pacquiao came back nicely with quality wins against Rios, Bradley and Chris Algeri, but he is vulnerable to losing once more.
Mayweather, in 2014, had two tough fights against Maidana. Maidana’s relentless pressure found cracks through Mayweather’s tight defense. Maidana’s aggressive fighting style forced Mayweather out of his comfort zone into a real fight. But at the end of the day, Mayweather found a way to box his way to victory.
During the next several months, everyone will give their golden opinions. It will be fun and exciting leading up to the big event. So sit back and enjoy the hype.