Manny Pacquiao--Floyd Mayweather: An In-Depth Preview (Part One of Four)

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Manny Pacquiao--Floyd Mayweather: An In-Depth Preview (Part One of Four)
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A week ago, Filipino sensation Manny Pacquiao once again solidified his grasp at the top spot in boxing's immaculate pound-for-pound list, courtesy of a vivacious display of god-like skills and genuine killer instinct en route to an unprecedented second round TKO win against tough British pugilist Ricky Hatton.

At that same day, former pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather Jr., after a 17-month hiatus from the sport, had seemingly shared the boxing spotlight as he announced his comeback fight against unified lightweight champion, and Pacquiao-nemesis, Juan Manuel Marquez.

While it's hard to jump to conclusions, the mainstream public seems to be already salivating on a proposed Pacquiao-Mayweather megafight late this year.

If it pushes through, it'll definitely rocket-boost the anticipation and enthusiasm of the sport in a much higher level.

If so, allow me to have the honor of being the first guy to scrutinize and analyze each fighter's strengths, weaknesses, and the matter on how they would fare against each other.

So, shall we?

 

Punching Power

As a boxer moves up in weight class, he often loses some of his power; thus his K.O. percentage significantly drops.

While it is the general rule, Pacquiao seems to play the role of a paradox statement.

Pacquiao surprisingly carried his punching power during his voyage northward, dishing out splendid outings in the 135, 140, and even in the 147 lb weight class.

He carried his power and inflicted damage to the likes of David Diaz, Oscar Dela Hoya, and recently a short but sweet (at least for the Filipinos) demolition job against Hatton.

Conversely, Mayweather, although slightly underrated in terms of power, had already showed the boxing world what he is capable of. He can punch and punch; he did against the likes of Hatton, Arturo Gatti, Angel Manfredy, and the late Diego Coralles.

The verdict? I'll go with Pacquiao mainly because he has devastating power in both hands that could spell the difference.

 

Handspeed

Speed kills...and it really does.

Perhaps an argument could be made as to who is the faster fighter between Pacquiao and Mayweather.

They both have their own bragging rights and everyone is well-entitled to his/her opinion, but there's one thing I'm sure of: It would yield lesser debates if you'll just say that these two probably are included in the list of the fastest men to ever wear boxing gloves.

Pacquiao definitely can pull the trigger at any given moment, launching one flurry after another.

On the other hand, Mayweather, though not really accustomed to launching into bundles, can penetrate any defense, landing a blitzkrieg or two in varying angles, all at the same time.

While this could be subjective and might raise some eyebrows, I drop my verdict and I'll give Pacquiao my nod because of his ability to land punches in multiples of tens...thousands that is.

(to be continued)

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