After Manny Pacquiao’s great all-around performance and 12th round knockout win over WBO Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto, most boxing aficionados has been waiting for an announcement as to who will Manny Pacquiao share the ring and exchange fists with next. Who is Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent?A few names have been mentioned, but there has been no final word yet from the Pacquiao camp or from Top Rank’s Bob Arum. Manny Pacquiao’s nex fight will be set for March 13, 2010.Our first series of Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent before the Miguel Cotto fight did get good hits and comments and now we are back to the drawing board as to who Manny Pacquiao will fight next.
In this series of articles, we are going to list down a boxer or two in each post and we’re going to dissect (so scientific) every boxer compared to Pacquiao’s. If you are reading this post, you can also suggest a boxer that you want us to check. You can check this site every now and then for the next feature or bookmark it.
Last on our list of possible opponents was WBA World Light Middleweight Champion, Yuri Foreman, the light-fisted rabbi champion. In the past series, we have featured boxers such as Shane Mosley, Edwin Valero, Julio Ceasar Chavez Jrand Miguel Cotto. On his last outing, Manny Pacquiao made history by winning his 7th Division Championship belt by beating Cotto. Now, to continue on with our series, we are going to feature a boxer that may help cement Manny Pacquiao’s legacy. A fight for glory and a fight for the most debated crown as #1 Pound-for-Pound. A boxer most renowned for being a villain, a boxer known for his superior defense, Floyd “Pretty Boy” Mayweather Jr. A self-proclaimed, and some die-hard fans claim too, World’s best boxer.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.The fight of the Century. The fight that could beat all boxings’ box-office records. A fight for the title “Best Welterweight” and a fight for the title “#1 Pound-for-Pound boxer/fighter”. Mayweather, a boxer who proudly claims he is the best and nobody can beat him and take away his 0 Loss. Pacquiao, a boxer who humbly accepts any takers and let the people decide if he is the best. Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Floyd Mayweather, a 5-division world champion while Pacquiao is a 7-division world champion. A fight for pride. A fight to be number 1. A fight for the ages. The fight that will top most fights. Enough with the hype and on with the stats.
Name: Manny Pacquiao
Division: Light welterweight
Record: 50W(KO 38)-3L(KO 2)-2D
Rounds boxed: 305
Name: Floyd Mayweather
Record: 40W(KO 25)-0L(KO 0)-0D
Rounds boxed: 287
Speed:Pacquiao A+ Mayweather A+
Power: Pacquiao A+ Mayweather A
Defense:Pacquiao A Mayweather A+
Intangibles:Pacquiao A+ Mayweather A+
The MEGA FIGHT Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.is the best thing that will happen to boxing. Who would have thought that they would reach to a fight date as early as March 13? Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr is a must-see as this fight could really go either way. I have Pacquiao edging Mayweather with his power but Mayweather also edges Pacquiao with his defense. Mayweather has a clear reach advantage and he can use this to jab-and-run against Manny Pacquiao, which he normally does in every fight that is why some Mayweather haters fondly call him “Gayweather” because he rarely engages and is comfortable just boxing his way to a win. He just engages when he sees that the opponent is tired and exhausted. That I should say is a very smart way to win but that does not excite the people at all. Pacquiao had trouble with Miguel Cotto’s jab in the 1st and 2nd round of their encounter but Cotto failed to keep up the phase. Floyd Mayweather may follow the same strategy and jab all the way and potshot every now and then until the 7th or 8th round and he can make his assault after that.
While Mayweather guns and runs, Pacquiao can also utilize his speed to chase down and take down Mayweather. This will not be a very easy fight for Pacquiao. If Freddie Roach will not be able to design a glameplan on how to neutralize Mayweather’s offense while breaking his defense, I can see Pacquiao lose via Unanimous Decision against Mayweather. Oh yes Pacquiao has all the speed and power to send out 20 power punches in 10 seconds but will any of it penetrate and hit Mayweather? I doubt it will. Floyd Mayweather is know for his superior defense. He is nicknamed Pretty Boy for the simplest reason as not any of his fights has caused that much damage to him or his body due to his style of fighting. The only effective way to pin down Mayweather is to put him the corner but that would not be a very easy task as Mayweather has mastered the right way of escaping the ropes while potshotting the opponent, remember what happened to Ricky Hatton? Ricky Hatton tried to pin down Mayweather and he failed shamlessly! Is Freddie Roach stupid enough to design the same scheme for Pacquiao? By the way, this will not just be Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr as this also a fight of strategies by Freddie Roach and Floyd Mayweather Sr. Who will design the best strategy to beat the opponent?
I see this fight going to the scorecard and it could still go either way. Mayweather is too smart to engage with Pacquiao as he knows what Pacquiao can do to him. If Mayweather jabs and run, this MEGA Fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao will be the most boring fight Pacquiao as been in and it will be a Unanimous Decision win for Floyd Mayweather. If Pacquiao can break through Mayweather’s defense with his punches and scoring on them cleanly while avoiding Floyd’s counterpunches to avoid getting knocked out, Manny Pacquiao for a Split Decision. If Mayweather wins, he will be as much as a loud mouth as ever and if Pacquiao wins, then we can shut Mayweather’s mouth!
A fight for the ages and you don’t want to miss this fight! What can you say?