Though Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is favored to win the boxing match against Manny Pacquiao when they face off against each other on Saturday at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, it could very well be that a loss to Pacquiao is in the works. There are many reasons and factors involved that point to a possible loss by Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to Pacquiao, who just might ruin Mayweather’s perfect 47-0 record, including 26 KOs, in the match. The boxing match can be seen on both Showtime and HBO at 9PM ET/ 6PM PT on Saturday.
Besides his unbeaten record, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will also be putting his WBA and WBC welterweight belts on the line. Manny Pacquaio will have his WBO welterweight belt also on the line. With Floyd Mayweather, Jr. bragging that he is a better boxer than Muhammad Ali, and calls being made by ESPN personality Keith Olbermann and others for people to boycott the fight because of Mayweather’s history of domestic abuse, there are many boxing fans who would like to see him taken down a notch or two.
If Manny “Pacman” Pacquaio does beat Floyd Mayweather, Jr., it will not be easy. Undefeated champions are pretty much always given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to scoring the outcomes of boxing matches, so the only way that the decision might go to Pacman is if he knocks out Mayweather. That, alone, has caused a lot of boxing fans to doubt that Pacquaio can pull off a victory.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr., is, without a doubt, one of the greatest boxers of all time. He has beaten 20 world champions over five weight divisions, including Juan Manuel Márquez, Shane Mosley, and Oscar De La Hoya. Mayweather has also won 11 world championships over his boxing career and he has never yet been knocked down to the canvas.
Manny Pacquiao, though, is no slouch, himself, and he is also considered one of the best boxers of all time. Though his record is not quite as good as Mayweather’s, at 57-5-2 with 38 KOs, he has more knockouts than Mayweather and he is the only boxer ever to have won eight world titles over eight weight divisions. Like Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Manny Pacquaio has beaten Oscar De La Hoya and Juan Manuel Márquez. He also has beaten boxing Hall of Famers Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera.
For Manny Pacquaio to beat Floyd Mayweater, Jr., in what is being dubbed as the “Fight of the Century,” he must come out strong and unleash a torrent of punches. If the boxing match goes beyond five or six rounds, with each passing round, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., will have a better chance of outlasting him and winning.
Manny Pacquaio must prove to be quicker to the punch, and employ a varied combination of punches, exploiting his opportunities early on. If he can land enough punches to stagger Mayweather and throw him off of his game, Pacquaio might get the chance to move in on the champion and knock him out. It will not be an easy task to accomplish, but it is not impossible.
For his part, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will likely try to prevent Pacquaio from enacting such a plan. He will probably do his best to evade Pacquaio, and come in close only when he is relatively sure he can land a couple of good punches. Time is almost always on the side of the champion in a boxing match, and Mayweather will do his best to stretch the fight out into the later rounds.
Besides his speed, punch output, and being a southpaw, Manny Pacquaio could count having trainer, Freddie Roach, in his corner as an advantage. He will need all of the advantages he can get, if he plans to be the one doing the celebrating after Saturday’s boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Freddie Roach, who is battling daily against Parkinson’s disease, has unparalleled faith that Pacman can pull off a victory against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. According to an article in the Daily Mail, Roach stated that a win by Pacquaio would crown him “King of the World.”
Roach has advised Manny Pacquaio how important it is to Floyd Mayweather, Jr., to retire with an unbeaten record. If Pacquaio can psychologically exploit this and put a little bit of doubt in the mind of Mayweather that he will win by coming out explosively in the early rounds, Pacman might rattle Mayweather enough so that he can move in and knock him out.
If a loss by Floyd Mayweather, Jr., is in the works, yet another factor involved is when Mayweather might decide to retire. Many boxing fans believe that Mayweather wants to retire with an unblemished record, and that he might announce his retirement sometime after beating Manny Pacquaio, if he does achieve a victory over Pacman.
Regardless whether he wins or loses, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., will reportedly earn over half of the projected $400 million take that the fight is predicted to generate. If a loss by Mayweather is in the works, he will probably not want to retire until he has a chance at a rematch against Manny Pacquaio, perhaps in September. That would generate even a bigger potential payday for Floyd Mayweather Jr., which has led some boxing fans to believe that the match on Saturday has been designed to lead up to a rematch.
Written By Douglas Cobb