Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather: 5 Reasons Each Fighter Could Win This Fight

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Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather: 5 Reasons Each Fighter Could Win This Fight

The fallout from Manny Pacquiao's rubber match against Juan Manuel Marquez has been significant for Pacquiao's reputation as a fighter.

But that's what happens when you've been inflated by the press and public alike into an unbeatable phenomenon.  

It's quite possible even Floyd Mayweather Jr. had inflated Pacquiao's ability. Unlike today with Floyd calling out Pacquiao publicly, initially Mayweather sought excuses or conditions for taking Pacquiao on.

The best reasons Floyd could come up with to account for not just Pacquiao's success against a series of opponents, but the manner in which he was dispensing them, invariably came down to steroid use.

It was pretty easy to grasp where Mayweather was coming from: Nobody could move up that much and retain their power. Even more than that, Pacquiao was taking out opponents with more ease the bigger he got. 

Why hadn't we seen anything like it before? 

Then something drastic changed in our perception of Pacquiao with his third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. We'd had an opportunity to see how easily Floyd could dominate him, now most experts figured the improved Pacquiao since the rematch could show us how far he'd come. 

It didn't happen. Now, Floyd Mayweather Jr. taking on Manny Pacquiao looks more pressing and interesting than ever. 

Let's have a look at some of the reasons why.

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