Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: Readers Split On Results

Troy SparksColumnistAugust 15, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines celebrates in the ring after defeating Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao defeated Clottey by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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When I wrote an article last week on who would win the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, I didn't know how deep allegiances to each fighter ran.

The fight doesn't even have a date, and many readers are pulling for either Mayweather or Pacquiao to win.

Adding fuel to the fire were some of the comments from readers of my column who were positive that their man would dominate in the ring.

One diehard Mayweather fan challenged a Pacquiao fan to a street confrontation instead of a battling in a war of words behind a computer keyboard.

That reader accused Mayweather of being a cheater. 

He said Mayweather took advantage of Shane Mosley, who was overtrained and overdrained.

Mosley had a fight lined up with Andre Berto in January.

Berto went to Haiti after an earthquake rocked the country.

He canceled his fight with Mosley after someone in his family died from the earthquake. Berto left to help victims.

Seeking a fight, Mosley accepted a challenge to fight Mayweather with his demands for drug testing.

That meant he had to prepare for a different kind of boxer.

Trying to lose weight and keep clean for USADA officials could've sapped his energy, so he didn't have much in the tank for the fight against Mayweather in May.

The reader said that Pacquiao should demand a $10 million dollar fine if either boxer shows up at the weigh-in over the limit.

But doesn't that set Mayweather up for a catch-weight?

The comment was aimed toward Mayweather because of the penalty he paid for being two pounds over the limit against Juan Manuel Marquez.

The other reader, a Mayweather fan, said Marquez and Mosley accepted fights against Floyd Jr.

He challenged the Pacquiao fan to a real fight.

According to Bleacher Report writer Leo Reyes, Niel De La Cruz thought the Mayweather vs. Mosley fight was fixed.

Come on, Niel.  Do you really think the fight was fixed?

Mosley threw a punch at Mayweather that almost rocked him early in their fight but didn't put up much of a resistance beyond the second round.

According to Reyes, Pacquiao was quoted at the time as saying that if he had a chance to stick Mayweather like that, he would keep attacking until Mayweather was knocked out.

One commenter said that Pacquiao will beat Mayweather badly.

Someone else said the Mayweather fight against Oscar De La Hoya was one-sided, in Mayweather's favor.

Would you call his fight against Ricky Hatton one-sided?

I found it strange that after Mayweather beat Hatton he wanted to promote the British fighter.

But on the other hand, it wasn't unusual, since they're under the Golden Boy umbrella, which includes Marquez.

Mosley also has a stake in Golden Boy, which in my interpretation means some of the fighters in the organization battle each other.

The money stays in Golden Boy and De La Hoya still gets paid.

I don't think Mayweather would take advantage of underrated, underweight and overtrained fighters.

There's a prediction that Pacquiao won't go the distance against Mayweather because he gradually gained weight while moving up in weight divisions, which might take a toll on his body.

I heard from a Filipino that Pacquiao has a 100:1 shot of winning the fight because Floyd Jr. is scared to lose.

A female reader thought Mayweather will go out on top and undefeated like Rocky Marciano.

I even heard the ridiculous prediction that Mayweather will be humiliated by Pacquiao in six rounds.

All the Pacquiao fans can keep their hopes alive but it won't happen.

The fact that Marquez said Pac-Man hits harder than Mayweather doesn't mean a hill of beans.

I guess he thought that after those Pacquiao shots dropped him early in their two matches.

There's also the question of whether Mayweather has a glass jaw.

They call him "Pretty Boy" for a reason.

In his fights, there are no scars left on his face.

Maybe I'm wrong, but have you ever seen Mayweather with a puffy face or swollen eye in his fights?

I think he'll rearrange Pacquiao's face, which won't look good when he's talking to the public as a politician in his country.

e-mail me at sparkstroy@hotmail.com.