Floyd Mayweather doesn't need to fight Manny Pacquiao to solidify his status as the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world, but if the two legends did meet up, there's no doubt who would win.
Money May would absolutely destroy Pacman.
Though Pacquiao is the younger fighter by two years, he has already hit his peak and is on the way down, with two straight losses.
His loss to Timothy Bradley has been rightfully disputed. ESPN.com's Dan Rafael didn't pull any punches when discussing the controversial nature of that decision: "...in what will surely go down as one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history—one of the worst, really—Timothy Bradley Jr. was awarded a split-decision win..."
But Juan Manuel Marquez didn't need the judges to grant him victory—he claimed it on his own with a devastating show of power that sent Pacquiao down for the count.
Meanwhile, Mayweather looks just as dangerous—if not more so—than he ever has.
By all accounts, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was the top challenger to Mayweather's throne as the top pound-for-pound fighter, but he proved to be no match for Money May.
Sure, Alvarez put up a better fight than Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, but Mayweather took him to school on Saturday night at the MGM Grand.
Showing the classic quickness and speed that have served him so well throughout his career, Mayweather never let Canelo get into a rhythm offensively, dancing circles around his opponent. He also sprinkled in a wide array of devastating punches seemingly at will, and the frustrated Mexican was helpless to stop them
Even at the age of 36, Mayweather appears to be in the prime of his career. He can do whatever he wants to do in the ring, as his adaptable style suits any occasion and can defeat any fighter.
Truth be told, aside from the money he'd earn, Mayweather would have nothing to gain by fighting Pacquiao. Pacman would love to earn the huge payday that accompanies a title fight against Money, but the two fighters aren't in the same league at this point in their careers.
Mayweather would have no trouble dismantling Pacquiao if the two of them ever stepped into a ring together, but chances are that it's not ever going to happen.
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