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At the end of the day, Floyd Mayweather is too fast, too slick, too good for Pacquiao. Right now, Pac reminds me of Tito Trinidad at the apex of his career: He is an exciting fighter and absolute death on someone who will try to out-fight him, but a skilled boxer like Bernard Hopkins, Winky Wright or, in this case, Floyd Mayweather could make him look average. I can see a slow-paced, tactical fight with isolated explosions of activity that would favor Pacquiao. Unfortunately for him, those flurries would be few and far between. The rest of the night, I could see Mayweather controlling the range and pace of the fight, engaging when he wanted and making Pacquiao miss whenever they were in close.
People predicting a war are either being optimistic or not really thinking about the fight. A war requires two-way action, with both fighters contributing to the fight. Of all the possible ways the fight can go, that is probably the least likely. Regardless of who wins, it will look more like a typical "Mayweather fight" than a typical "Pacquiao fight." That is, slow and measured.
The same goes for those saying that this will be the fight to "save the sport of boxing." If anything, the crazy hype around this fight is bad for the sport. Because casual fans think that this is the only worthwhile fight that can happen right now, the delay in signing leaves them saying that boxing is dead and nothing is going on. And if the fight should ever happen (which seems unlikely at this point), a slow fight would simply reinforce the notion that boxing is boring and that "UFC"—actually mixed martial arts—is the superior sport.
Still, at the end of the day, they are the two best fighters in boxing. While there is a lot of competition for the spots behind them, most every respectable pound-for-pound list has them occupying the top two spots. In every other sport, the best match up with the best. Only our crazy, crooked sport would allow these petty politics to interfere with a true championship bout. Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail and the two of them will end up in the ring together before it is too late.