The Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather 2010 brouhaha

Posted: June 5, 2010 in Commentary, Current Events, Entertainment, Musings, People
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Each may side and hold an opinion as to who truly is the better fighter between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.. I, for one, am on Pacman’s side. In anticipation of possibly the greatest boxing match in the history of this sport, I’ve managed to read some comments from those in favor of a Mayweather win, if ever this mega blockbuster fight does materialize. Pacquiao’s detractors are saying he hasn’t fought anyone like the caliber of Mayweather. Question: Has Floyd ever fought the caliber of Manny before? Here’s the deal:

  • Mayweather may be quick in his dodges, weaves, and parries, but Manny’s hand speed would be too much for Floyd’s repetitive defensive game plan to handle. All of Mayweather’s past opponents were not as quick as him. But in this case, Manny could put it in a level playing field possessing the same (or maybe greater) speed. So speed may no longer be Floyd’s ultimate advantage.
  • Remember, Manny is an exceptional fighter. He has quick hands and agile feet, and has power in both fists. Plus he can throw punches at weird angles, and can still manage to keep his balance (according to a keen boxing analyst). Mayweather is not a strong puncher, and relies heavily in his ability to move around the ring with ease (again, according to an analyst).
  • Manny has a strong chin. The reason why Mayweather is called “Pretty Boy” is because no one is able to hit him in the face—yet. Since Manny can throw punches at weird angles and at lightning speed, Floyd won’t be able to see where the punches are coming from, allowing Manny to connect straight to his unblemished visage.
  • The sport of Boxing is for two people to box, not to run. Mayweather has an admirable—dare I say, spectacular—defensive arsenal, combining speed and blistering agility. Sure, that’s cool and all, but that’s also the reason why some of his fights are “boring,” as some people put it. Boxing requires more than just being elusive to your opponent. Great memorable fights were produced by fighters who danced around the ring, while engaging adversaries in an explosive trade of punches; and that’s what Manny brings into the ring. He has got the complete package; he’s a dynamo. Mayweather has not been measured for his level of boxing ability, yet. (Based only on personal observation.)
  • Pacquiao keeps getting better even when moving up in weight classes. He’s still peaking.
  • The reason why fighters are supposed to go down at a certain catch weight to fight Manny is because Manny is physically and naturally the smaller fighter in his last 3 bouts (aside from the other reason that it is a privilege Manny currently holds as Boxing’s biggest sensation, and world champion at that). Pacquiao may be a small fighter, but he was able to demolish pugilists much bigger than him. Apparently, size is not an issue for our Manny; but still to make it an even fight, taller and bigger guys like Dela Hoya, Hatton, and Cotto had to fight Manny at a lighter weight, considering he is the shorter and smaller fighter, and his body is still getting used to fighting at heavier weight classes (though it appears he is comfortable in all three of his previous matches).
  • The Mayweather-Marquez showdown wasn’t really a fair fight, in my own opinion, considering Floyd was pounds heavier than Marquez (as if done on purpose, with the common knowledge that the bigger the boxer, the harder the punch), although his speed is truly remarkable as he was able to retain his nimbleness even after just coming out of retirement. But since I believe that was just a tune-up match for him, I think I can let this one go.
  • Pacquiao’s ability to utilize a winning formula is courtesy of Coach Freddie Roach.
  • Speaking of Freddie, the reason why he taunts great fighters like Oscar Dela Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and Miguel Cotto, giving out scornful remarks like: “can’t pull the trigger anymore,” “overrated brawler,” and “that one loss will haunt you,” is because he is playing mind games with the other fighters—a ploy commonly used by other trainers, to often create hype or try to unnerve. It exists in almost all contact sports, such as boxing.
  • [As of this author’s original writing] Floyd may have a clean record of 40-0, but, in comparison, he is still 15 fights short of Manny’s impressive 50 wins in fifty-five bouts. That means there’s still a very huge chance of Floyd getting beat up and soiling that pristine record of his, in any of his future matches (if he chooses to fight that long).

And, wait a minute, isn’t it his job to “take back” the mythical pound-for-pound title? Wasn’t that the reason why he came out of retirement? Prove that you are the best in the business you purported to be.

Update: It is an overkill to ask Manny to undergo Olympic-style drug testing just to prove if he had been juicing up for fights. The measures being taken by the US anti-doping agency should suffice and extinguish any hints that Pacman may have used performance-enhancing drugs in his previous matches. While I agree with Mayweather that the sport needs to be free from anything that would mar its image, challenging Pacquiao to submit to this demand may leave a bad impression on the part of the mandated agency; he might inadvertently insinuate that the agency is not efficient in determining if its athletes are clean.

Until those two get in the ring and settle once and for all who the real pound-for-pound king is, my statements here are just mere conjectures and a matter of empirical and personal opinion. One thing is for sure, though: these two amazing athletes of this olden sport would give us one memorable clash our posterity would continue to talk about, given if things went our way. Let’s get it on!!!

  

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