Manny Pacquiao looked great the other night. He destroyed a much bigger man and barely got hit throughout the 12 rounds.
Some are calling it his best win ever, and I disagree, but it was an impressive win nonetheless. Those same people are saying that this win means that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will never fight Pacquaio.
I hate to be the one to tell you, but this win has nothing to do with Mayweather wanting to get into the ring with Pacquaio, and I still favor Mayweather to win the fight.
Most people are probably wondering how I can make such a statement after Pacquiao put up such a devastating performance. There is one simple obvious answer.
Mayweather isn’t a big, slow, easy-to-hit fighter. He is the best defensive fighter in the game and is the exact type of fighter that Pacquiao has problems with.
There is a reason that Pacquiao hasn’t fought a slick boxer since Juan Manuel Marquez took him to the brink in two fights back in 2004 and 2008.
The second fight wasn’t that long ago and the only thing I can say is Pacquiao is a different fighter than he was then and may deal with a boxer better now.
I don’t, so the facts are that he struggles with pure boxers, and Mayweather is as pure of a boxer as you can find. It is also a terrible style match-up for Pacquiao.
Would Floyd Mayweather have a chance against Manny Pacquiao?
Mayweather feasts on boxers that come to him and throw a lot of punches. That is the exact style that Pacquiao has and it is normally something that gives him an edge, but not against Mayweather.
Mayweather will get into his shell, let Pacquiao throw his punches and throw his pinpoint counterpunches all night. Pacquiao always shows up in shape, but better be in the best shape ever if this fight is made.
Mayweather isn’t easy to hit, and if you throw a lot, you are bound to miss a lot and that is going to take its toll. Pacquiao usually lands a lot of punches so he doesn’t tire out easily, but that could be a factor here.
People will say Mayweather doesn’t throw enough, but it doesn’t matter because he doesn’t miss when he does throw. He lands the highest percentage of punches in compubox history.
Think about that, no fighter since 1985 has landed a higher percentage of punches per fight in his career than Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Speed is something that Pacquiao has had in his favor ever since the Marquez fight and that would vanish to. Mayweather is one of the fastest fighters in the game and you aren’t going to beat him at his own game.
The only fighter that may be faster than him right now is Amir Khan. That means that Pacquiao can’t come to fight with his normal style, better be in great shape and isn’t going to be able to rely on his hand speed to get the win.
Pacquiao may have the better power, but he isn’t going to land one punch that puts Mayweather out because he has a great chin. Mayweather has good power himself, but doesn’t rely on it because of hand problems.
I am not saying that this fight won’t be competitive because it would be. They are the two best fighters in the world and it wouldn’t be a blowout for either fighter.
Everyone is saying that last night means Mayweather will never share a ring with Pacquiao and while it may be true last night has nothing to do with it.
Mayweather isn’t a big, slow, easy to hit fighter, that has no boxing skills. He is a pure boxer that has speed, great defensive skills, a great chin and a will to win.
Mayweather isn’t afraid to fight anyone so go ahead of bash me because I didn’t say Pacquiao is the greatest ever. Just look at the facts and then rethink where you stand on a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.
This was originally published on www.kissingthecanvas.com.