Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: Why Mike Tyson's Prediction Will Come True

Takeo Sports@takeosportsCorrespondent IMarch 27, 2012

MILAN, ITALY - JULY 09:  Mike Tyson attends a press conference held at Just Cvalle Cafe on July 9, 2010 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather fight might just never happen. If it’s the case, some boxing fans might never get over it. It is definitely one of the most controversial boxing subjects since the beginning of the century: Who would win this fight?

Mike Tyson’s prediction

Mike Tyson had something to say on the subject and did it in his own way. Can we expect anything else from the former heavyweight champion?

In early March, Tyson wanted to throw Mayweather and Pacquiao in jail.

"Listen, if I was president I would throw them in jail if they didn't fight. I'd have them arrested. You can't do that but that's what I would try to do. I'd be like, 'These guys need to get locked up and find a new profession until they get their heads clear,'" he said.

Two weeks later, Tyson predicted the fight wouldn’t be one-sided.  He didn’t want to pick a winner, but did say that this fight would be a close contest.

It didn’t take long for Tyson to make up his mind. Seven days later, he decided to pick Money May as a winner.

"I have to go with Floyd," Tyson said.

Why it will come true

Last November, Las Vegas slightly favored Floyd Mayweather with a minus-140 line, while the Filipino champion was set as a plus-110 underdog.  In betting language, Las Vegas doesn’t really know what to expect from this fight. It had to favor a fighter, but this fight could go one way or another.

Let’s be honest here: Can we expect anything else than a closely contested fight? Mike Tyson’s prediction might be just right. Is there an edge one fighter has that the other doesn’t have an answer to?

We could easily point out that Mayweather has the size and weight advantage. However, Pac-Man has proved for his entire career that he has power and can fight bigger guys. Pac-Man has won in every weight division he fought in. He stopped Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. He sent down Juan Manuel Marquez several times. Is the size edge really an advantage for Mayweather?  Pacquiao can hurt Mayweather, even if he’s not the bigger guy in the ring.

As for experience, at this point, does anyone have the edge? They both defeated Mosley, De La Hoya, Marquez and Hatton. They both have more than 40 fights and have achieved almost everything possible in their careers. Yes, Pac-Man has Freddie Roach, a brilliant coach, but is that really an edge at this point?

Pacquiao will keep bringing pressure on Mayweather.  Money May is used to this kind of fight. He is a passive guy who loves to counterpunch in similar situations. As for Pacquiao, he is used to fighting counter-punchers as Marquez. There won’t be any surprises on any side.

Both fighters are very fast and have a great footwork, so there isn’t any advantage. Both fighters are obviously talented and will take many precautions in the early rounds.

Analyze this fight on any angle you want, and someone will find an edge for Mayweather, while someone else will find one for Pacquiao. This dream fight would definitely live up to the expectations.

Mike Tyson might see his wish happen

Mike Tyson would love to throw both fighters in jail if this fight never happens. It might be the only prediction coming true.

Money May is set to go in jail after his fight versus Cotto. In the meantime, tax officials in the Philippines are going against Pac-Man with a criminal complaint. What did the perfect man do? He apparently failed to submit documents to investigator looking into his tax returns.

If Mayweather and Pacquiao never fight in the ring, maybe they can settle it in an old-fashioned way in their cell.

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