Even the average casual sports fan knows that on Saturday the world will be treated to easily the most anticipated fight in boxing history.
Maybe not the world, but at least the fans unlucky enough to pay extortionate pay-per-view prices or those willing enough to frequent a local bar. Floyd Mayweather has managed to take the sport of boxing as far away from the Corinthian Ideals as it has ever been, but for the most part the fans don't care.
Some of them revere Mayweather for his accomplishments, and why not, he is after all an unbeaten and dominated champion. Whilst those same fans look the other way at some of his shocking out of the ring activities.
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Pacquiao the fan favorite
For all of the fans that love Mayweather there are plenty more that hate him. One of the reasons that Floyd makes so much more is because fans pay good money in the hope that one day he will lose.
While everyone respects his skills in the ring, there is a feeling that the kind-hearted Manny Pacquiao is the fan favorite headed into the colossal battle of arguably the best two pound-for-pound fighters of all-time.
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Pacquiao once famously begged the referee to stop his fight against Antonio Margarito before the start of the 12th round so his opponent, who was getting mauled, could be saved from further punishment.
However, Mayweather once infamously knocked Victor Ortiz to the canvas just as the two boxers had come together to settle their differences following Ortiz's penalty for a low blow.
To be fair, Ortiz was trying to frustrate Mayweather that day with an array of low blows, but there is no doubt that Mayweather earned victory that day thanks to two very cheap punches.
Who will win?
But what about the fight itself on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas? Who will win? It's pretty obvious that the only way Floyd Mayweather loses on Saturday is if he makes a huge mistake.
Both fighters are not as good and dominant as they were a few years ago, but Pacquiao more so than Mayweather. It is highly likely that Mayweather will win by unanimous decision after 12 rounds.
Pacquiao showed some clear weaknesses in his defeat against Juan Manuel Marquez, and no doubt Mayweather has watched the tape from that fight a thousand times.
Pacquiao needs to do this
The only way Pacquiao can beat Mayweather is by taking the American away from his usual game. Pacquiao needs to disrupt the defensive genius and make him go on the attack. As former Boxing champion Bernard Hopkins explained on Friday, Pacquiao needs to force Mayweather to make a mistake.
"A turtle is only vulnerable when he sticks his head out - when he senses danger he goes back into that shell. You can beat that shell up, but you're not hurting him. Pacquiao has to trick Mayweather out of that shell, make him think he's there for the counter. When he's not - 'bang' - capitalise on his mistake," Hopkins told BBC Sport.
"Pacquiao has to make Floyd become the aggressor, something he's not comfortable with. He has to make Floyd bring the fight to him, let his hands go while Manny's letting his hands go and see who lands first. That's fun for us."
What do you think boxing fans? Who will win out between Mayweather and Pacquiao? Let us know below.
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