A couple of years ago this fight was the biggest fight out there with all of the boxing community and casual fans praying that it would take place.
This fight would have decided who the best pound-for-pound fighter of the generation was. Sadly this fight doesn't seem likely to ever take place.
Manny Pacquiao now seems to have faded with recent losses to the likes of Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez. There seems little interest from Floyd Mayweather to make the fight happen with Pacquiao now past his best and beating him would not receive the respect that it would have done a few years ago.
In contrast Mayweather just seems to carry on as normal, now extending his unbeaten record to 44-0. This is a remarkable achievement from a man who is technically brilliant. He is a defensive genius and can exploit any weakness of his opponent with great hand speed and elusive footwork. He often looks several leagues above other world level fighters. This is credit to what an outstanding boxer he is. Mayweather, aged 36, is a 5 weight world champion with the perfect record.
He holds victories over a truly impressive list of opponents including Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz, Miguel Cotto and Robert Guerrero.
Some of these opponents are brilliant fighters themselves and Mayweather has beaten them all. He has beaten most of them with relative ease and never really gets pushed to the limit. I still don't think that we have seen the best of Mayweather as we haven't seen him pushed out of his comfort zone.
Pacquiao aged 34 holds a record of 54 wins, five losses and two draws. He has had more fights than Mayweather despite being two years younger and holds a slightly less impressive statistical record with five losses compared to 0 for Mayweather.
Manny is an 8 weight world champion. To be a world champion in 8 different weight divisions is outstanding and he is the first man to achieve such a thing. This shows the caliber of the two fighters that we are talking about here.
Manny holds victories over Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley. Like Mayweather, Pacquiao has fought the best out there and come up trumps as one of the greats of the sport.
Pacquiao is a big puncher with good technical ability and hand-speed but tends to get involved in more scraps than Mayweather. This for many makes Pacquiao a more exciting fighter and therefore in general more popular. He has huge levels of determination and is a very humble, likeable guy. Mayweather in contrast is very brash and egotistical. This leads to many finding it difficult to like him.
In terms of matching the two together in a fight it is of course very difficult. Both possess fantastic attributes which makes it very difficult to separate them. This would be a fantastic fight with Mayweather looking to stay on the outside and use his slick counter-punching to win round after round. Pacquaio on the other hand would try to close Mayweather down and put him under constant pressure. Pacquiao has the advantage in terms of power and he would look to assert this advantage and test Mayweather's chin.
I personally would see Mayweather just edging this fight with his superior technical ability. It would be an extremely tough test for Mayweather and he would be pushed to places that he has never been near before. His defensive genius would in my opinion take him to victory as he could counter Manny's punches and keep himself out of trouble with his brilliant footwork.
Pacquaio has really struggled with Juan Manuel Marquez in what has proved to be an incredible 4 fight rivalry, yet Mayweather beat Marquez fairly comfortably in 2009. This strengthens my argument that Floyd would beat Manny. This could be argued against by saying that different styles are made for different boxers and that Pacquiao's style would have more effect against Mayweather than Marquez's style did.
I understand this view but I just see Mayweather as too great a technical boxer to lose. I can completely understand others arguments that Pacquiao would win as he is a truly fantastic boxer and could well have won. It is just my own humble opinion that Mayweather would have been the won to have had his arm held high after 12 grueling rounds via a close points decision.
Mayweather is the perfect example for any young boxer to follow. He is technically brilliant, works hard and doesn't get hit that often. Those are the keys to his outstanding career which looks set to continue for a little while yet with the same levels of success. He lacks the excitement of some of the other legends of the sport such as Sugar Ray Robinson but for me he is a true great.
This fight really should have happened and several reasons have come up for its failure to do so including Pacquiao's refusal for Olympic style drug testing through blood tests. This would have been a mega fight and the biggest fight that I have been alive to see.
It would have been the biggest money-making fight of all time and both fighters should have wanted to have proved themselves at the best. I understand the politics involved in boxing but this fight should have taken place.
Mayweather would beat Pacquiao now and in their primes and for that reason stands tall as the greatest boxer of his generation and the pound-for-pound king.
My winner of what would have been an incredible, inspiring fight is Floyd Mayweather. It's just a real shame that such a fight hasn't taken place and that now there is less interest in it due to Pacquiao's tough career appearing to catch up with him.
If Pacquiao can come through his next fight with Brandon Rios and Mayweather can win his fight with Alvarez than perhaps this mega fight can take place.
It seems unlikely and I do not see it taking place. It is a crying shame that this fight has never taken place as it would truly have been a clash of two legends deciding who was the best of their time.
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