By Chuy Marco
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is back to prove to the world that he still the best in the sport of boxing. What separates Floyd from the so-called pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao is his choice of opposition. Mayweather only takes on credible opponents coming off impressive wins while Pacquiao fights washed up fighters who’ve looked horrible in their previous fights.
Floyd could have picked an easy tune-up fight after his long lay-off but he chose the WBC champion Victor Ortiz, he did this to prove his naysayers wrong and to shut up the jealous Pacquiao fans.
Victor Ortiz will be a tougher test for Floyd Mayweather Jr. than Manny Pacquiao. Ortiz is big, strong, and young, plus he is a southpaw. Manny Pacquiao doesn’t have the amateur pedigree or boxing skills that the young Mexican-American WBC champ possesses. If you look at Pacquiao’s fights, you will see a wild puncher with no defense, he can get away with these flaws because he is fighting old guys that can’t pull the trigger anymore. Floyd would hit Manny anytime he makes a mistake and lunges in with his ugly punches. When Pacquiao fights Juan Manuel Marquez, you will see all his flaws exposed, and if Marquez still has some speed, he will land many counter punches on Manny’s face.
Mayweather will struggle for a little bit with Ortiz, and if anyone has the chance to beat Mayweather it’s someone like Victor Ortiz or Sergio Martinez — two skilled southpaws with heavy hands. People who actually believe that Mayweather is scared of Pacquiao are blinded by the media hype surrounding him. Pacquiao doesn’t want any part of Mayweather that is why he avoided taking the Olympic style drug testing, so he doesn’t have to get in the ring with him.
Another reason why Ortiz will be a tougher fight for Floyd is because Victor and Manny sparred before at the wild card gym and Victor was getting the better of Manny in sparring, so Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach had to pull Ortiz out of there in fear of Ortiz possibly knocking out his cash cow. Anyone who knocks Manny Pacquiao down in sparring get’s a thousand dollars, I guess Roach didn’t want to give up that one grand. Before Victor’s fight with Andre Berto, Manny Pacquiao called up Victor and told him that he was “more powerful and quicker” than him, even Manny acknowledges that Victor is better.
So Floyd Mayweather Jr. is fighting a guy who Manny Pacquiao openly admitted was better than him and owned him in sparring. So tell me how is Floyd Mayweather Jr. a cherry picking ducker if he is fighting a guy who Pacquiao admits is stronger and faster than him?
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