We many never get a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, but at least we're guaranteed a healthy dose of trash talk between the two camps.
That's always fun.
The latest is from Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, who had a creative take on Mayweather's slippery defense and why Pac-Man would take down Money. And frankly, his words hold some truth. From Dan Rafael of ESPN:
“I did not see the Mayweather-Cotto fight but I do know that Floyd’s slippery defense is now better outside the ring than inside the ring. But that is the path he has chosen,” said Roach.
“Would Manny beat Floyd? You bet. The way to beat Floyd is to outwork him every minute of every round. Manny is the only fighter capable of executing that game plan. Activity kills Mayweather. You need to stay busy against him and not let him dictate the pace by slowing down the fight. Southpaws are his other weakness. Manny is just a bad combination for Floyd to fight. If it would bring Floyd into the ring, I’d agree to have Manny fight him right-handed.”
Let's start at the top.
I didn't feel this way at one time, but as of late I've come to believe that Mayweather is in fact ducking Pacquiao. His continued insistence that Pacquiao is taking steroids — despite Pacquiao agreeing to drug testing to make the fight happen — along with Mayweather's refusal to a 50-50 split for the fight, seem like ducking to me.
Now, I don't know if Manny would beat Floyd — I actually think Mayweather would narrowly win in an intense and fantastic fight — but he is the one fighter in the world that can give Money a serious run for his money.
Pac-Man's consistent attack, power and ability to strike with his left hand would be a strategic headache for Mayweather.
Of course, Mayweather's ability to adjust on the fly is the one thing Roach didn't take into account, and Mayweather showed against Miguel Cotto that he could trade punches in a fight if he needed to. Plus, that slippery defense can't be overlooked.
In and outside of the ring, it would seem.
At the end of the day, the finger-pointing about whom is ducking whom is silly, and these two just need to fight one another. As of now, it seems as though it is Mayweather who is being less reasonable and thus, more responsible for preventing the fight from happening.
But one way or another, if they don't fight, they'll each be remembered for depriving fans of the one fight we all wanted to see. As far as I'm concerned, that's like having a giant asterisk sullying your reputation.
And no amount of trash talk can change that.
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