Manny Pacquiao: 5 Reasons He's Destined To Win This Saturday

Jim MancariCorrespondent IMay 5, 2011

Manny Pacquiao: 5 Reasons He's Destined To Win This Saturday

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    Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao will square off against Shane Mosley this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

    The two conducted themselves professionally at the pre-match press conference and are poised to deliver an entertaining fight.

    Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title. He has won 52 of 57 fights, and it appears he is well on his way to victory No. 53.

    Here are five reasons why Pacquiao should defeat Mosley.

5. Winning Streak

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    Manny Pacquiao hasn't lost a match since March 2005.

    Shane Mosley, on the other hand, hasn't won a match in two years.

    The oddsmakers agree these streaks will continue, as they favor Pacquiao 6-to-1.

    The momentum is certainly on Pacquiao's side in this bout.

4. Age

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    Shane Mosley is 39 years old, and while he's still in great shape, he will not be able to handle the energy of a 32-year-old Manny Pacquiao.

    Bernard Hopkins is still going strong at age 46, but at some point the body of boxer gives way to the scores of crushing blows.

    Saturday will mark one of the biggest fights of Mosley's career. He should be prepared mentally, but he may struggle against Pacquiao physically.

3. Conditioning

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    No knock on Shane Mosley's work ethic, but Manny Pacquiao keeps himself in prime physical condition.

    The Wall Street Journal chronicled Pacquiao's workout regimen.

    His training never ends. Sometimes when he finishes a grueling workout, he'll start the whole thing from the beginning.

    This conditioning will pay off if the match goes into the later rounds.

2. Preparation

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    Manny Pacquiao was forced to understand Shane Mosley's style in preparing for the upcoming fight.

    To date, Pacquiao has thrived off just getting in the ring and using his power and energy to bury his opponents.

    However, Mosley has techniques geared toward exploiting Pacquiao's strengths. Mosley will hope to keep Pacquiao off the ropes as much as possible.

    Pacquiao is likely prepared for anything Mosley throws at him.

1. Confidence

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    Manny Pacquiao is on top of the world right now.

    In addition to his six-year long winning streak, Pacquiao is a man of many talents, according to David Roth's Wall Street Journal blog.

    The Orlando Sentinel named Pacquiao the world's greatest current athlete, and his skills will be on display this Saturday night.

    Tune in to see a tremendous athlete in action.