Pacquiao's Hand Speed and Power Greater Than Mayweather's

Zatch PouchpromContributor IDecember 3, 2009

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 14:  (R-L) Manny Pacquiao throws a left to the head of Miguel Cotto during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao is stronger and faster than Floyd Mayweather Jr.  If that statement seems a little sharp and short to you, thats only because the cold simple truth of things are often brief and to the point.  Manny Pacquiao is the superior athlete of the two.

Don't believe me? Just ask the Mayweather camp. The fact that Mayweather and his camp are raising the questions as to how Pacquiao got to be so powerful and fast is testament enough.  The suggestions by the Mayweather camp speak more to how they recognize that Manny undoubtedly outclasses Floyd, in terms of sheer power and hand speed, than to the legitimacy and merits of their complaints.

Don't get me wrong. Mayweather is a world class athlete in his own right, but in a head to head fight with Pacquiao hes going to have to rely on his ability as a ring general and counter-punching strategist to have a chance against the current WBO Welterweight champion.

Evidence for Pacquiao's superior physical abilities can be seen in his fights with opponents who have also fought Mayweather.  Pacquiao boast a 70% knockout percentage in his overall fight total compared to Mayweather's 62%.  In terms of their last fights against the same three major opponents Pacaquiao again holds a distinct edge in power:

De La Hoya: Pacquiao TKO 8rd / Mayweather 12rd split decision

Castillo: Pacquiao KO 4rd / Mayweather 12rd decision

Hatton: Pacquiao KO 2rd/ Mayweather TKO 10rd

Thats 3 for 3 KOs for Pacquiao compared to 1-2 for Mayweather against the same opposition.

In terms of speed one would have to look at Pacquiao's last fight, his brutal 12rd TKO against Miguel Cotto.  Miquel Cotto himself was considered one of the best Pound for Pound fighters in the world.  A great part of that reputation rested on his tremendous hand speed and quickness.  Cotto reputation as a lightening quick boxer was such that many think that Mayweather purposely refused to fight him and instead opted for easier opposition.  Pacquiao, however, had no such reservations and proved to be even faster and more dynamic with his hand speed than Cotto this past November. 

There is no question Pacquiao is faster and stronger than Floyd Mayweather Jr.  The numbers prove this, the stats prove this and both fighters performances in the ring prove this.  Mayweather is going to have to dig down deep and rely on something that he may not have...heart. Mayweather has never been tested, his victories have come too easily.  Mayweather has already proven to be somewhat less than courageous by ducking fights with opponents he seemed to be afraid of: Antonio Margarito, Miquel Cotto, Kostya Tszyu. Pacquiao has proven his mental toughness with gritty performances against all comers. His two dominating KOs of Erik Morales after losing a tough decision proved Manny has the heart and will power to overcome adversity  If Mayweather is not able to find the heart and intestinal fortitude that , in the past , he has never had any use for, then this his imminent match with the stronger/faster Pacquiao may prove be more one sided than most people expect.