Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Pac-Man Won't Have Enough Left to Win a Superfight

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 7, 2012

GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES - SEPTEMBER 27:  Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao in seen during a training session at Golingan Gymnasium on September 27, 2012 in General Santos, Philippines. Pacquiao will take on Mexican Juan Manual Marquez on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas.   (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
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With every day that passes without a formal agreement to fight Floyd Mayweather, Jr., the chances that Manny Pacquiao would win that bout decrease.

Pacquiao is spread pretty thin between boxing, politics and religion, but it seems he's done a good job focusing on boxing for his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.

That focus will lead him to a victory over Dinamita on Saturday night. Pacquiao has placed a ton of emphasis on this fight, and for the first time in a long while, you haven't heard a ton of comments about Pacquiao the Congressman or the conflicted Roman Catholic, per Yahoo! Sports.

This time, it's been about Pacquiao the fighter.

I'm not sure how long he'll be able to hold life at bay, though. Pacquiao has evolved as a person, and he just doesn't have the same killer instinct he once had. That's great for Pacquiao the man but bad for Pacquiao the boxer.

That factor makes Mayweather a huge favorite should they ever meet in a super fight.

A fighter only has so many spirited efforts in them, and if Manny rises to the occasion the way I believe he will against Marquez on Saturday, he'll be spent.

As his career progresses from here, it will be increasingly difficult to focus on boxing. Being prepared mentally and physically is necessary, if he plans to remain at the top of the sport.

Pacquiao's desire for political involvement and the spiritual pull on him isn't going to go away. Even if he didn't have these outside interests, the older he gets, the tougher it will be for him to beat the top fighters.

While I see him rising to the occasion to beat his rival Marquez, if he continues to fight on, he's ripe for another upset defeat.

Even if he does get by less than stellar competition from here, he'll never defeat another really good fighter.

Many dispute the validity of his loss to Timothy Bradley, but I predicted Pacquiao would drop this fight, and I also scored the fight for Bradley.

Both were unpopular opinions, as this one may be, but the truth can sometimes be a hard pill to swallow. That is especially the case for fans of such a beloved figure like Pacquiao.

In an ideal world, Pacquiao would make this his final fight, and he'd go out a winner. However, I think we all know, he'll fight until someone puts him out. Perhaps that is part of the reason he is so loved.


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