Some say that Manny Pacquiao has fought old, slow, weak fighters. Others disagree, and believe the eight-division world champion deserves to be called the pound-for-pound king.
It's true that there are several Pacquiao critics in the sport of boxing; there's nothing wrong with that, it's great for the sport.
However, it’s also true that any of these critics would get knocked out by a Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Joshua Clottey or even by Top Ranks boxing promoter, Bob Arum. Imagine that, Arum doing the Ali shuffle with a killer right hook, knocking out the critics.
Again, Arum doesn’t need a killer hook to win. Most of these critics are out of shape and would rather have a Twitter war or blog about it.
What most people don’t get is that there’s a difference between fighting easy fighters and making a fight look easy. I'm not saying Pacquiao is the greatest fighter to ever trade leather in the ring; I don’t like lying to the boxing public. What I do believe is that he’s the real pound-for-pound king.
Is he better than the undefeated superstar, Floyd “Money” Mayweather?
Not quite. Floyd Mayweather is a true magician in the ring that knows how to entertain the crowd in a unique way. Not many people like him, especially Larry Merchant.
But again, who really likes a broken toaster that burns your bread the majority of the time?
The difference between the Pacquiao critics and Merchant is that he respects Mayweather's skills as a fighter, and knows that he is a smart defensive genius. Even Pacquiao’s conditioning coach, Alex Ariza told me that Mayweather is the best at what he does. (Check the interview below.)
Back to my point, if the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao mega-fight ever takes place in the real world, and not in our dreams; I would favor Mayweather by unanimous decision.
Does that make Floyd the pound-for-pound king? Not really. The pound-for-pound king shouldn’t be judged from future predictions and several opinions.
A real pound-for-pound king should be judged from what he has done and is doing at the moment. We all know that actions speak louder than words; so why even bother listening to these predictions, and who the real pound-for-pound king should be?
Yes, Mayweather recently defeated Victor “Vicious” Ortiz by an unexpected legal punch. Yes, Mayweather dominated the good Shane Mosley about a year ago.
Mayweather is no joke. Some believe that no athlete works harder than Floyd. This may be true, just don’t forget Pacquiao has been busting his butt off working hard to keep the sport of boxing awake.
Love him or hate him; the Pac-Man has embarrassed the top welterweights in front of millions.
If only Mayweather were allergic to money; then he would have the boxing world on fire. But we all know the word “If” doesn’t mean anything in the sport of boxing.
Don’t waste your time waiting for the mega-fight to happen. You should know the answer by now, it rhymes with "know." Let’s put it like this, while you’re dreaming about the mega-fight; they’re living the dream with your money.
So as much as it hurts, go ahead, go get your Sharpie and cross that fight out of your Christmas list.
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