Boxing’s Elite Collide


On May 2nd, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, boxing will finally make history as Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and Manny “PacMan” Pacquioa take center to square off in the ring. On that night, the world will see who claims supremacy as the top pugilist in the sport of boxing. This epic boxing event will be one for the ages, as it is considered to be a super-fight in the making, one that will bring in at least $250 million in pay-per-view buys alone.

At this point, Mayweather Jr. has cornered himself into this boxing fight better than Pacquioa trainer Freddie Roach and Mayweather Sr., combined. After all, Pacquioa went on a promo tour taunting the undefeated Mayweather Jr. by filming commercials mocking him. He even attended ESPN’s First Take platform to discuss his thoughts on Mayweather Jr. and his willingness to continue to duck Pacquioa himself.

Floyd initially had issues regarding Pacquioa possibly taking enhancement drugs, or power pellets earlier in his boxing career. In return, PacMan went on live television and stated “I am willing to take a drug test before and after the fight, to prove I’m clean.” He also went to state that he would have no problem taking a 60/40 split on all of the proceeds. Once he proclaimed that, the rest was history, for one Mayweather Jr.

Never has Floyd been in the boxing ring with a fighter that is as mentally focused, hits even harder, and will be that much quicker than the 37-year-old champion. Therefore, there is only one question left to answer: who will win the psychological warfare between the two, and what will happen if each boxer’s practical plan does not work? It is Pacquioa’s power and speed, against Mayweather Jr.’s Da Vinci code type of defense.

What is most interesting about this mega-fight is the love the fans have for Pacquioa, compared to the hate the critics have for Floyd. There is an overwhelming amount of anxiety drifting throughout the universal atmosphere to see Money not just lose the boxing match in question, but also be knocked out. The champion in Mayweather Jr. has not had this much pressure in a fight since the late Diego Corrales, back in January 2001. Even then, Floyd called out Corrales and now instead is calling it in on PacMan.

This fight has the potential to be the most exciting night in boxing history, however; it also could quite possibly end up a boring, drawn out affair. This is the bottom line: if Mayweather Jr. dances around the boxing ring and focuses strictly on defense ,as he tends to, there may be a chance Pacquioa can rack up enough points throughout each round to seal a realistic victory. Now, if Mayweather Jr. comes out ready to counter-punch the sometimes overly aggressive PacMan, then viewers may just be witnessing the only fighter to ever leave the boxing ring undefeated, outside of Rocky Marciano and Joe Calzaghe.

Scouts are predicting ringside seats to the boxing fight to be a whopping one hundred grand per seat. This is along with an estimated $350 million in total, to gross and split amongst both parties.

Written by Tyquincy Early


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