By Dar Mead
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is so good defensively and so precise with his punches it looks like he can predict his opponents next move before it even happens.
Watching him systematically break down one of the best counter punchers of our time in Juan Manuel Marquez was a sight to see, Floyd landed when he wanted and rarely ever got touched, remember Marquez was the same guy who gave Manny Pacquiao two of his toughest fights.
Mayweather Jr. came off an almost 2 year layoff and looked even better then he did against Ricky Hatton. The rest did his body good, he had time to let his body recuperate, no sign of ring rust at all.
But even though he looks simply flawless and unbeatable he can be beaten and it takes a special fighter to do so.
It will take a fighter who is unpredictable and awkward, a fighter who could do what Zab Judah did in the first 4 rounds but get more relentless and more energized as the fight goes on, a fighter who does not break down mentally, someone who has hand speed, power, and determination and will not back down from a few landed counter punches.
That fighter in my opinion is Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. I strongly believe his style would give Mayweather Jr. big problems. Manny punches from odd angles, he is a speedy, powerful, southpaw, he has fast awkward footwork that can offset Mayweather’s timing.
Even Floyd Mayweathers own father feels Pacman is a threat, anytime someone accuses a guy of steroids its already an excuse. Mayweather Sr. already stated before he wouldn’t want his son to fight Pacquiao because he might be on steroids. To me that sounds like a cop out. What he is basically saying is don’t let my son fight that guy because he might beat him up.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a defensive great. Manny Pacquiao is a offensive great. When and if these two collide it will be so intriguing, will it be tactical, can Manny get his rhythm going, or will Floyd just counter punch him and run?
Below is a animated gif of one of Manny’s awkward unpredictable combos, Cotto’s guard was similar to how Mayweather Jr. covers up, the left side of his face is exposed. The right hand of Pacquiao lands on Cotto’s open side and drops him. That punch could land on Mayweather Jr. if he decides to use his shell with Manny.
After watching Pacquiao vs. Cotto, Pacman showed he too is intelligent, he was able to adjust to Miguel Cotto’s Jab, and he proved he could take heavy punches and punch back right after. That will be something that Mayweather Jr. has yet to face. If Floyd counter punches Manny, he better hit him with all he has or put Manny away, because after Floyd lands a combo I guarantee you Manny Pacquiao will be on that ass with a combo of his own.
I know Manny has never fought a guy like Mayweather Jr., but I feel that Manny will shock a lot of people just like he shocked people when he beat Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto.
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