Mayweather: Dangerous Fight Blueprint Puts Money May at Serious Risk


As reported earlier there is a well-defined strategy in place for Money May’s upcoming fight with Manny Pacquiao. Upon review, many see in the fight blueprint, including elements within the Mayweather camp itself, a dangerous philosophy and practical aspect that puts Money May at serious risk.

Amidst a climate of secrecy Mayweather and his trainers have been working on a strategy that involves an initial feeling-out period intended to last at least one round and perhaps a portion of round two. During this period Money May will essentially get a sense of Pac’s rhythm, track the number, speed and power of his punches including the relative position those punches are thrown from. There will then come a point where Mayweather will time Pac’s rushes and position himself to counter with dramatic authority and power.

The problem in the strategy however is that, when one takes into account Money May’s brittle hands, with his right hand particularly susceptible to injury with solid impact, and his now dubious leg strength, Mayweather will be forced to stand and fight. While Money is the world’s most accomplished defensive technician, arguably the best the sport has ever seen, his strategy is completely reliant on the proper execution of the shoulder roll. The hope is that Pacquiao will find himself swinging at air and when he does make contact it will be with only arms and shoulders, non-scoring blows.

But herein lies the rub, that is, Mayweather and his team of trainers are banking on the fact that Pacman will run out of gas as Mayweather draws him into shooting his load during the first half of each round. The camp projection is that Mayweather will let Pacquiao swing freely with the occasional right-hand pot shot on top or from underneath, then as Pac slows down Money will clean up in the last 45-60 seconds of each round. Who is judging the fight and their relative scoring philosophy will play big in determining who has done enough to win a given round. The hope is to, like Ali of old, steal a few rounds along the way.

George Forman for one sees this as risky strategy as he sees Pacquiao banking the first number of rounds making it difficult to catch up as the fight proceeds. Oscar De La Hoya sees it in the same terms as he feels that in having to fight from behind Money May will have to turn into the aggressor later in the fight thereby shifting the balance of power to a strong finishing Pacquiao.

The Mayweather camp is well advised to the dangerous aspects of a fight blueprint that puts Money May at serious risk in this regard but sees the approach as a necessary evil. The pot-shotting strategy, they will admit, will work as long as Money May’s right hand stays healthy. Forman suggested that, from what he knows about Mayweather’s right hand, it will not sustain integrity through a series of rounds where it is employed with impunity.

Another extremely risky aspect of the Mayweather strategy is the notion that Money May can draw Pacquiao into throwing such a high volume of punches that he tires out. Pacquiao camp elements including comprehensive coverage of same by a very competent and objective Philippine press corps indicate that Pacquiao is not only in good shape but is in perhaps the best shape of his boxing career. The erstwhile congressman from Sarangani Province, it has been reported, will be more than happy to oblige Mayweather in those moments where Money needs to give his tired legs a break. Pac himself has expressed glee at the prospects of destroying the vaunted Mayweather shoulder roll with high volume strategic punches.

Pacquiao has reportedly been studying film on Mayweather and is personally convinced that he has the skill-set to break the shoulder-roll and leave Money May exposed to a fast-in-coming fusillade of power punches the likes of which the self-styled best-ever has never experienced in his vaunted career. To sit back, in strategic fashion, and allow someone like Pacquiao to tee off on him is beyond dangerous, it is, to many observers, foolhardy. And while Freddie Roach admits that Mayweather has a world-class chin and the thinking power of a well-seasoned veteran, he knows that the head and body are not built to take the kind of punishment an incredibly fast and free punching Pacquiao can and will deliver.

While De La Hoya claims to have discovered the blueprint to beat Money May, through liberal use of the set-up jab, Roach feels like the strategy needs to go well beyond that. And while he remains secretive about the ultimate strategy Pacquiao will employ, it looks as if the Money May blueprint is leaving a number of holes they plan to exploit. While Roach admires the overall Mayweather skill-set he is quick to note that Pacquiao has the x-factor, or intangibles like heart that will allow him to push through any obstacle Mayweather presents.

In the end, it is this x-factor and heart of a lion that may well prove the end of Mayweather’s so admired undefeated record. If Mayweather is expecting Pacquiao to tire of pounding on him, it may well turn out to be the longest and most painful night of his life. Indeed, as the Mayweather camp divulges its fight blueprint, the dangerous aspects of same not only puts a Money May victory at serious risk, but also appears to put the health of a man who values health beyond even that of his estimable wealth at risk.

Commentary By Matthew R. Fellows

UT San Diego
Boxing News 24
Boxing Insider
Photo By: Mikey Creativecommons Flickr License

22 Responses to "Mayweather: Dangerous Fight Blueprint Puts Money May at Serious Risk"

  1. Jose,V   April 29, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Many will KO maidana u people don’t know shirt

  2. adewole   April 26, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Laughing. ….., pacman can do what 47previous fighters failed to do and I believe he can’t do more than maidana and see what Floyd did to maidana in der rematch. Maidana thrown a lots of pouches more than any Floyd previous fighters but maidana failed and he was defeated and Floyd won the whole 12 rounds to make his beautiful record of 47.0.26ko. Pacman is just a fighter like Mike Tyson who have no good defense but Floyd is a professional boxer to the core with a good defense, hand speed, good foot work, strong and taller and heavy than pacman he was born to fight. He was born into a boxing family he’s a genius when it comes to boxing and I want you guys to realise one thing about him, Floyd is the only boxer I know that easily adjust to the game plan of his opponent quickly no matter game plan bring to the table on May 2, I believe Floyd will adjust to it and make it difficult for pacman himself for that 12rounds. Pacman will touch Floyd if Floyd want him to touch him and he can also make himself invisible for pacman for that 12rounds but it’s just going to be a boring fight if Floyd choose to do that and am very sure, Floyd will win the fight by unanimous decision. I don’t think, pacman can be aggressive as maidana and I don’t think he can also be dirty as maidana but if pacman try to be too aggressive I think mayweather record will be 48.0.27ko what happened to him when he fought maquez will happen to him again Floyd will knock him down flat because, pacman is a reckless fighter. Am really happy for Floyd life, boxing career and his wealth being the richest athletics in the world, pound for pound king with a beautiful record of 47.0.26ko. He got to this stage through a lots of hardworking, commitment and dedication he’s the best of his kind ( T.B.E). Floyd, don’t care about what any mother….fuc….ker … say about you please always care for what you do and have reason for your action. I love you, I love your team, I love your family and I love all your fans worldwide and I wish you the best….

  3. Colin Dooley   April 26, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Pacquiao is gonna beat him easy I think. I’ve been watching both fighters since about 2008 and Pacquiao is better in almost every aspect. The only thing PAC lacks is the the defense, its good but not as good as Mayweathers. Pacquiaos speed, footwork, power, stamina and toughness are all better than Floyd’s. Floyd is undefeated because of his flawless defense and his pinpoint counterpunching. ( I personally think he lost to Dela Hoya and definitely Castillo). Dela Hoya was mutilated by Pacquiao and Castillo wouldn’t stay a chance. Pacs steady punching is gonna confuse Mayweather. The speed, foot work and the fact that he is a southpaw are really gonna mess up Floyd’s game plan! No knockdowns final score – Pacquiao 117-111

  4. Marco Antonio   April 26, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Pacman use your GOD given gift of bigger steel fist to counter the left or right power punches of Floyd. Make sure your fist will directly collide “head on”.

    The world will be witnessing Money saying No Mas, No mas (my brittle hands are broken). Not enough Wapping tapes & painkillers will avoid a 47-1 result.

  5. Aniceto Bongcawel   April 26, 2015 at 6:43 am

    We call it “PSYWAR”.

  6. pikkon   April 26, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Floyd will fight smarter not harder…He will not fight toe to toe..He will run!…Smart indeed!!

  7. Dol Quiano   April 26, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Why the hell will they divulge the strategy if not for malicious intent? Roach can consider it but dwell in it. They should expect that Floyd will go for a one punch knockout just like Marquez, Rios and Bradley.

  8. Nazareno San Jose   April 25, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Mayweather camp concocted this idea and then publicized and the famous boxers shared their thoughts. It’s a ploy to distract Manny and he should stick to his own strategy and to shift from style to another as the situation calls for it. It is Manny who will carry the fight not them. This blueprint for Mayweather should be ignored. Manny and Roach reviewed the moves of Mayweather, and they are well prepared to execute them, why be bother how the fight will go on. It is hallucination at its best, and it is really a trap to confuse Manny. Pacquiao camp should do a reverse psychology..

  9. Ilovetohitgirls   April 25, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Don’t worry floyd all you have to so is go to your left, pot shot and ride on bicycle.. The rest will be handle by NSAC and corrupt people who let you go away from state court,

  10. Rey Bayran   April 25, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Manny is not the erstwhile but the current congressman of Sarangani Prov. FYI…..

    • Matthew R. Fellows   April 25, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      Thank your for your comment. I use “erstwhile” in its colloquial stipulation as “sometimes” with reference to how much time his boxing duties take him away from his congressional duties. Great pick up however, thank you. 🙂

  11. Frank   April 25, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Pretty good read. Mosley, Dela Hoya, and Cotto has some success backing Floyd off and connecting with their left jabs. Manny is a lot different since his left is his power punch. You will see Manny go down the pipe leading with his left and use a right hook/upper cut to follow when Floyd goes in a shell. Foot Speed will define this fight and Manny gets in and out rapidly. Floyd will land his check hook and overhand right in certain moments, but Manny loves getting hit and he gets pumped up by it. The biggest question lies on how much punishment can Floyd handle when his brittle hands give up

  12. maseph02   April 25, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    just wondering if pac hit the right brittle hand of floyd intentionally until floyd get hurts with it and can no longer punch because of pain. Does team pac knew this? this will be a great plan for the pac since he punch in volume and why not include the xyclocaine hands in the barrage of punches.

  13. Migu   April 25, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    very nice.

  14. joe real   April 25, 2015 at 9:48 pm


  15. WBOX   April 25, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Plan has been done with his conditioning coaches – AA who Floyd accuses of PED practice and Memo Heredia, a convicted PED peddler. WBA, WBC, IBF.etc., should just had joined hands to make this fight clean 100% instead of spending millions on belts w/c is more of a publicity stunt only.

  16. Jose Norombaba   April 25, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Pacman is a warrior, battle tested and proven from his young career up to now. He knows how to deal with immediate challenge in the ring. He fought a lot of hard battles with bigger, stronger and determined boxers before. He is not stranger of hard and big fight like this one.
    If Mayweather make a mistakes and let Pacman left bombs land, this might an easier
    night for Manny.
    I have strong feeling that Mayweather Fear Factor will let him down and panic.

  17. Brad Samson   April 25, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    And for manny, Dont forget wat made u an eight division champ in the first place. furious hard fast combos and the shotgun left, He can hand cuff mayweather along the ropes with fast precise combos hes probably going to get hit on the way in and watch out for that check hook counter. If manny can time floyd in centrer ring and land that sneaky left around the jab of floyd cut the ring of avoid the clinches and slowly increase his work rate as each round progresses he can win by a wide decision…maybe.

    • Matthew R. Fellows   April 25, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Hey Brad, I appreciate the thoughtful, well communicated response. Thanks.

  18. Brad Samson   April 25, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    its a hard fight to pick the winner, I can see floyd landing the right everybody does. But i belive its the left hook check hook that floyds going to lean towards. You can bet your going to see a lot of left hook right hand combos coming from floyd espeacially as he moves backwards to his left. He will look to control centre ring with his jab to the head and body the one two and lead right. Counter going backwards and land presice right hands to the head and body going forwards and bring the left hook. Floyd can win this fight and hes more likely to stop pacman then manny is to stop him.

  19. Wichita Lineman   April 25, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    The TBE might become “To Be Executed”.

  20. gustavo   April 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Time for floyd ti give up his O record. Come fight night is like a death sentence for him.


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