With the anticipation reaching its peak about the upcoming ‘Fight of the Century’ between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, the question on everyone’s mind is-Who will be the last man standing? Which fighter out of the two champions will deliver the final punch? The boxing world is already in a bit of a frenzy with every known figure including past and present legends and champions backing one of the two fighters. Here are some of the details which could help one decide by taking a look at their boxing styles, strategies, and techniques as well as their titles.
The upcoming fight between Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao has taken more than five years to get finalized. Mayweather Jr. reportedly made an approach in 2009 for a fight. However, since then, change in every single minute detail has delayed the scheduling of the monumental bout. In 2010, rapper Snoop Dogg openly asked Pacquiao to get in the m**********ng ring with Mayweather Jr. Apart from that, Nelson Mandela’s daughter also tried to set up the fight in 2011 as a gift for her father’s 93rd birthday. Due to so many complications, fans and insiders had started wondering if he two world champions would ever reach a consensus and agree to fight.
Strategies and Techniques
The difference in techniques of both the fighters is immense. They use diametrically opposite strategies and approach in their fights. This makes it all the more difficult to guess who would be the last man standing after this colossal bout between Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao . His footwork and agility inside the boxing ring is the most integral part of Pacquiao’s success. It has been reported that recently, his doctor has prescribed him an anti-inflammatory cream costing $1,800 for his calves.
As per the experts, Pacquiao has an impeccable ability to move in on his opponents and dart out in a fraction of a second. Apart from this, he throws extremely hard punches and his signature left hand is considered one of the most devastating in the long-standing history of boxing. Another very important aspect that distinguishes the Filipino is that he is a southpaw, a left-handed boxer, which is uncommon. He uses this to his advantage by operating and landing punches from unorthodox angles. This makes defending against Pacquiao’s aggression extremely difficult.
Mayweather Jr. has been nicknamed ‘Pretty Boy’ for the reason that he has hardly ever taken punches straight on his face. His defensive technique is considered as one of the best in boxing history. His opponents have a very difficult time trying to open up his defenses which causes them to make mistakes. Apart from that, Mayweather Jr. has unmatched accuracy in his punches and his counter-attack is even more destructive. His precision could be attributed to his distinctive work out regiment resembling that of Rocky Balboa’s pre-fight training ritual of using an axe to chop wood, as shown in one of the videos shared by Mayweather Jr. camp. He thrives on the strategy of tiring his opponents. He then unloads a destructive straight right which causes major damage.
Both the fighters have unmatched boxing records and will stand unbeaten for a long time to come. They are both slated to go down in boxing history as two of the best ever. The 38-year-old Mayweather has not lost a single fight in his entire career, and his unblemished record stands at 47-0. He has knocked out his opponents 26 times, which is a huge indicator for Pacquiao. Mayweather Jr. is an 11-time world champion in five divisions.
Pacquiao, 36, is the one and only fighter in boxing history to have been a world champion in eight divisions. He has won the world title 10 times and is the present WBO welterweight champion. He is the first fighter to win the lineal championship in four divisions. Out of the 64 bouts that Pacquiao has fought, he has lost five and drawn 2.
Though these details do give an idea about the upcoming fight on May 2, it is very difficult to predict who out of Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao will emerge as the last man standing. Guessing in favor of one against the other, and placing bets is a dangerous idea, given their history and star-studded careers. A cracker of a fight is expected and fans hope that it will go down the wire and continue for all the 12 rounds.
By Ankur Sinha
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