Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao: Primed for the Deadliest Warrior?

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 07:  Boxer Manny Pacquiao reacts at the end of his WBO welterweight title fight against Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao retained his title by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Nelson EstupinContributor ISeptember 21, 2011

The whole world, including this writer, has been salivating for years over a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.  With the pound-for-pound crown certainly up for grabs, let alone the titles, bragging rights, the legendary status and probably one of the highest pursed fights in all of boxing, a match between these two fighters would definitely be explosive.

I have been a fan of boxing all of my life, remembering times when, as a seven- or eight-year-old, my dad would take me to live professional fights—teaching me about punches and styles and footwork and technique.  Over the years, my admiration for these fighters and my joy of watching and understanding this sweet science grew until here I am today, writing about one of the oldest sports known to man.

As for these two pugilists, I make no effort to state otherwise that Manny Pacquiao is a favorite boxer of mine.  He is Filipino.  I am an American born of Filipino blood.  I enjoy the aggressive-always moving forward style with which he fights.  Beyond that, I admire the skills he has cultivated under the tutelage of Freddie Roach.  I also admire his sportsmanship, his ring generalship and his love for the Filipino people.

I am, however, as stated above, a true boxing fan and I cannot deny my admiration for Mayweather.  While many view his boxing style as dull and quite defensive, you cannot say he isn’t a stud.  His record speaks volumes and the notches on his belt(s) of whom he has defeated are undeniable.

These two men are quite the polar opposites as far as personalities go.  For all of the bravado and jawing that come from Mayweather, you get calm and respect from Pacquiao—despite the draw of his celebrity.  Their personalities clash big time!  While Pacquiao presents this quiet, “this-is-my-job” reverence, Mayweather is brash, often disrespectful and always wanting to make a statement, both inside and outside of the squared circle.

You have a defensive and counter-punching technician in one corner of the ring and a ring-wise, hard-hitting, brawler-turned-boxer in the other corner.  Who do you think wins?

As a person, I say Pacquiao—he’s the more active fighter. His speed and technique bode well for him, and with Roach in his corner it’s like having two minds working as one.  For Mayweather, he is a quick, defensive stud who is dangerous when it comes to countering and that makes things quite difficult for Pacquiao.  If speed matches speed, technique for technique and defense holds up against offense, you’d have to think that power would be the determining factor.  Edge = Pacquiao.  But, this is all speculative at best and the edge may very well be with Mayweather. 

As a true fight fan, I really don’t care who wins.  What I would hope for is a really good fight, one that does not end in a draw or in controversy.  Nobody—fight fan or boxing insider—wants that.

Will this fight ever happen?  It’s been a long time coming and it’s still not done.  I certainly hope it happens because it’s good for boxing. 

While Mayweather still carries the torch for unlimited blood testing, which is above and beyond what the boxing commission mandates, and Pacquiao is agreeable up to a certain point, it seems like this impasse is far from being hurdled over, so it sadly seems doubtful that this fight will ever happen.

Pacquiao has an upcoming rematch against Marquez in November and Mayweather just completed his bout with Ortiz.  While the Ortiz fight has its controversy, we’ll have to see what happens with Pacquiao and Marquez.  After that, the dialogue begins again.

While this fight has yet to happen, if that bell never rings to start the fight I think it would be a great concept for the next season of Deadliest Warrior on Spike.  That may be the only way we'd ever find out who the P4P really is.

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