By Lou Block
Easy work! That’s all that needs to be said when describing how a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao goes.
Mayweather destroys Pacquiao if they ever let Pacman get in the ring with a beast like Money May, I know it and the hardcore boxing fans know it. The only people who don’t know it and actually think Manny Pacquiao has a chance against someone with Mayweather’s skills are the Floyd haters, Pacquiao fans, and the casual boxing fans who bought into the media hype. These Pacquiao fans think just because Manny is exciting and goes toe to toe with his opponents he can beat the great Floyd Mayweather, but excitement has nothing to do with overall boxing skill, remember Arturo Gatti the blood and guts warrior? Floyd toyed with him and stopped him in the fight. The outcome of the Arturo Gatti vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight will be similar for the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight.
Let’s look at Floyd’s win over Victor Ortiz and Manny’s win over Antonio Margarito:
Victor Ortiz used to beat up Pacquiao in sparring and had to be removed as a spar mate because of it. He outweighed Mayweather by 14 pounds on fight night (Floyd weighed 150 and Victor was 164), and was 10 years younger than Floyd. Ortiz is a southpaw. Victor came aggressive, throwing a lot of hard power shots but couldn’t break Floyd’s defense. Floyd was inactive for over a year and still beat up and outboxed the younger Victor Ortiz. Ortiz was frustrated that he couldn’t land anything flush so he resorted to illegal headbutts, and Floyd knocked him out with a two-piece to teach that young boy not to play dirty.
As you can see from everything said above, Floyd Mayweather Jr. once again, comes into a fight with all the disadvantages but because of his superior skill he is able to overcome them. That shows just how great of a boxer Floyd really is, his ring IQ is one of the best of all time.
When Manny Pacquiao fought Antonio Margarito it was being praised as one of his greatest performances because Margarito was much bigger than Manny.
Let’s break this down:
Margarito was coming off of a knock out loss to Shane Mosley and only had one tune up fight before fighting Manny Pacquiao. Margarito had to weaken and drain himself to a catchweight of 150-pounds for a 154-pound title. Antonio Margarito weighed a sluggish 165 pounds on fight night, Manny Pacquiao weighed 148 on fight night. Team Pacquiao chose the glove and ring size. Margarito was very slow with no defense making him easy to hit.
Compare Mayweather vs. Ortiz to Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito and you will see that Pacquiao had almost all the advantages except for weight and size against his opponent while Floyd’s opponent had more advantages over him. Coming off a long layoff, Floyd Mayweather fought a younger, bigger, stronger, and hungrier champion with no catchweight and knocked him out in 4 rounds. Manny Pacquiao fought a slow, drained, washed up cheater who was convicted of loaded gloves before, at a catchweight for a vacant title.
After looking at both fights and comparing their opponents, Floyd Mayweather’s win over Victor Ortiz is more impressive than Manny Pacquiao’s win against Antonio Margarito. Put it this way, it’s much easier for a smaller guy to beat up on a guy who weighs 165 pounds but is as slow as a snail and has no defensive head movement, as opposed to someone who weighs 164 pounds and has speed, power and good defensive head movement. Floyd and Manny are almost similar in weight, they don’t put on much weight on fight night, but Floyd’s win over a bigger man was more legit.
Floyd fought Victor Ortiz who weighed as much as Antonio Margarito on fight night, and was faster and younger with more punching power than Margarito, yet Ortiz couldn’t hurt Floyd or land anything significant. And do not forget that Victor is a stronger and bigger southpaw than Manny Pacquiao. Also, Victor used to own the Pacman in sparring. If Victor Ortiz couldn’t touch Floyd flush, Pacquiao with his short arms definitely won’t be able to, especially after seeing how hard it was for him to handle an old Shane Mosley’s movement.
If Pacquiao’s team ever gets the courage to put him in the ring with Floyd Maywather Jr., all I can say is, “MONEY MAY, ALL DAY!”
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