Mayweather: Unusually Focused and Set to Destroy Pacman


Reports out of the Mayweather camp this week should sound an encouraging note for Pacquiao and his legion of fans. What was originally intended to send a shiver of fear through the Pacquiao camp is actually having the opposite effect. In fact, amongst the training team assembled at Roach’s Wild Card Gym, instead of concern, there is hope-against-hope that the Mayweather that shows up at the MGM Grand come May 2 will be the Mayweather reports are suggesting is in the works. Namely, an unusually focused Mayweather, set to punish and physically destroy Pacman.

Indeed, by all accounts, Money May appears to be a newly aggressive fighter possessed of a kill-or-be-killed mindset. His thinking patterns are informed by genuinely bad intentions seasoned by a willingness to train for the rigors that naturally entail in toe-to-toe and hand-to-hand combat. Nothing would please the Pacquiao camp more than a Mayweather less inclined to defend his way to a decision win than one ready to rumble and blast his way to victory.

With reliably sourced news that Mayweather knocked out one of his sparring partners with a body shot boxing fans took notice. While this is a regular occurrence in gyms across the world it is not a regular occurrence in a Mayweather sparring session. In the aftermath of the knockout reports continue to paint a picture of a new and unusually focused Mayweather getting down to business. When Mayweather showed up for camp this past week he was in no mood for formalities, fan-friendly niceties or in simply going through the motions.

The self-styled best ever has in-fact, from day-one, demonstrated a quality of focus and determination that, even by Money May’s unusually high standards, immediately set this camp apart from any in recent memory. What is going on in Mayweather’s gym is serious business. So serious in fact that it is taking on the feel of secrecy, reminiscent of what is going on in the Wild Card Gym. Both camps are severely restricting access to gym and training goings’ on.

For the boxing neophyte and curious onlooker an unusually focused Mayweather, set to destroy Pacman, is a fearful sight indeed. For boxing initiates and the well tenured Pacquiao fan however, the news is sweet indeed. A sober-minded Mayweather, feeling his oats, is the fighter Roach dreams of every night. Like a kid in a candy store, Pacquiao will find a range of strategies to employ to break down and end Money May’s aggression.

Mike Tyson recently offered up a surprisingly scientific explanation as to why the shoulder roll and pot-shotting approach cannot work against Pacquiao’s style. He pointed out that Mayweather’s shoulder roll, would of necessity, because of its inherent weakness against Pacquiao’s style, over the course of the fight, morph into a stand-and-fight-or-be-crushed approach that will work into Pacquiao’s hands.

In effect, because of the styles involved, the shoulder roll/philly-shell and pot-shotting strategy normally employed to perfection by Mayweather is exactly the wrong strategy to employ against Pacquiao’s unorthodox, left-handed, in-and-out, herky-jerky approach. If or rather when Money gets into his shell he will soon find out that he is vulnerable to a piston-like right jab and prone to getting pounded from the side he is not currently defending. The shell, by definition, is narrow and limited in its ability to defend both scoring sides while at the same time, mounting an appreciable offense.

As Money May attempts to adjust the shell from one side to the next, he will discover that regardless of what he does with his version of the shell he will be hit by punches in bunches. Adrien Broner, a very poor man’s version of Money May, demonstrated the glaring weakness of the shoulder roll style in his defeat at the hands of Marcos Maidana. Maidana was not able to duplicate his success against Mayweather because of his slowness of foot and fist as well as his tendency to telegraph and overload his punches. Pacquiao is beset with none of these limitations.

In the end, from a strictly scientific standpoint, Mayweather’s orthodox shoulder roll has no chance of success given the unorthodox skill-set Pacquiao enters the ring with. The only proper adjustment Money May can and will make is the more orthodox stand-and fight style he is either currently preparing for or will devolve into mid-fight. Whether he enters the ring with the newly reported aggressive style or falls back into the shoulder roll, Pacquiao will pounce, throwing power punches from every conceivable angle. The speed with which these punches will come and the velocity with which they will be delivered will not allow Mayweather to get comfortable fighting in either his native style or a newly adopted aggressive one, and, as Tyson suggests, it could end poorly for Mayweather.

Some are suggesting that Mayweather can simply get on his bike and dance like one of his heroes Muhammad Ali. Roach dismisses this possibility suggesting that Mayweather’s legs, while not entirely shot, will not be able to carry him for twelve rounds of the movement Pacquiao’s non-stop aggression will force him into. Or, as Pacquiao exclaims, Mayweather “can run but he can’t hide.”

Come May 2, regardless of what Mayweather iteration shows up, the unusually focused one set to destroy Pacman or the traditionally passive defensive-minded one, the science informing the proceedings will demonstrate that whether Money stands and attempts to fight Pacman, or tries to run away and pot shot, he will not be-able to keep away from the punishment that, like a tsunami, will roll over him in waves. While there is yet no rematch clause, expect a rematch demand from a Mayweather camp who will be keen for September redemption.

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12 Responses to "Mayweather: Unusually Focused and Set to Destroy Pacman"

  1. Juan Anthony   March 11, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Easy fight for Mayweather you guy’s forget this isn’t the same pacquiao on steroids he’s not the same fighter anymore I think he gets KTFO late in fight maybe the 9th or 10th round, Mayweather hits harder than Juan Marquez and is more accurate, faster and his shots are a lot more crisp it’s going to be a long night for pacquiao and the PACTARDS.

  2. rey   March 10, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Manny is not Cotto guys. Remember how Manny demolish cotto which Floyd can’t. And another thing, Manny use to fighting bigger guys, much bigger than Floyd and destroyed them. The only advantage Floyd has compared to Manny’s previous opponents is his speed buts is doesnt matter cause Manny is much much faster. Floyd has a problem with faster guys and soutpaws thats why he was floored by Zab. Floyd is very fearfull also of hard punching guys that makes him tentative in his offense. Manny has all the character that Floyd feared more in a boxer. Mannys swarming attack that detonates will negate Floyd shoulder roll. He will not survive Mannys onslaughts come fight night. Never in Mannys career that he prepared for a fight on personal reason. This is it. Mannys killer instinct have preserved until this fight with Floyd. So lets if Floyd shoulder will roll with his body.

  3. Threeline   March 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Freddie Roach couldn’t help Cotto and that was a somewhat sloppy Floyd. Just imagine what a dialed Floyd is gonna do. Bigger, stronger, smarter, equal handspeed you guys think because Floyd prolly hasn’t thrown full speed punches in awhile because he hadn’t needed to, under estimated power, freakish conditioning all year round, master in the ring adjuster, superb defense that has different looks when he needs it. It’s just gone be bad for Pac on 5/2, he gets hit way too much, horrible defense and can’t handle counter puncher and Floyd is the best. Mike Tyson fails to remember it was the sweet science Lennox Lewis employed on him that put him on the canvas.

    • Well Now...   March 10, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Cotto was trained by Pedro Diaz for the Mayweather fight. He didn’t start training with Freddie Roach until well after that… So yeah, Freddie couldn’t help Cotto, considering he was never there, lol.

      Freddie DID train a past-prime Oscar De La Hoya against a prime Mayweather, and it was a pretty competitive fight.

      Anyway, while you’re busy regurgitating the usual talking points, you might actually, I dunno, do some research and see if they’re true before you spout them off so confidently.

      • Threeline   March 11, 2015 at 11:59 am

        Well they will be using Cotto’s failed approach. Since you think you know boxing then why didn’t you dispute any other points in my comment? Probably because you know they are true and you should be worried about your boy.

  4. Terrrance Wells   March 10, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    With this aggression, speed,skill and arm length floyd has. He’s gonna dominate pac. Pac has no balance. He will hve to get in on floyd and that will Floyd’s advantage of aggression. Pac may hve speed but this is gonna slow him down cse floyd also has the same speed and he’s bigger. Wake up pactards.

  5. PERRY   March 10, 2015 at 10:01 am


  6. taenakohumot   March 10, 2015 at 10:01 am

    47-1 may 3. run floyd run…

  7. sonny   March 10, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I agree wth ur observation…mr eths…hope pacman wins;

  8. Glen   March 10, 2015 at 5:33 am

    If destroying means pot shots, run, hug, shoulder roll… Then yeah… Floyd is capable of doing that. He can win by points in wide margin because he dodge lots of punches and sneak in his counter punch every once in a while. But destruction is like total domination, putting your opponent into total mess. Imagine Pacquiao vs Margarito/Rios/ dela Hoya/ Hatton/Diaz…. That is destruction to me… A guy wins by pummeling the opponents with barrage of punches. Making them want to quit.

  9. Rex Robles   March 10, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Money May need to fight PacMan 4 times to figure him out…no way will he win in this fight….

    shock and awe will spell doom for him by the great PacMan.

  10. Eths   March 10, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Pacquiao has no shot to win. Mayweather now has all the advantages in his side. Not only that he is smarter and more skilled, and quicker, he has 3 boxing trainers (one of them an Ugandan) and most importantly, NOW has MORE power. Not only has he have Alex Ariza but he has The notorious but genius steroid- maker strength coach Angel Memo Heredia in his team starting with the Maidana 2 fight. He wants to duplicate what Marquez has done. Pacman could not be able to take Floyd’s power right now because of this and because he has already been knocked out cold. And Floyd insisted on USADA (not VADA) because it has protected Floyd’s positive drug-test since Mosely fight. Pacman has zero chance to win unless God wills him to win.

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