This is the great day for boxing fans. Mayweather vs Pacquiao. Hyped up to the hilt. Who’s gonna win? Well, let’s see.
To begin with, although both fighters are past their prime, fighters that have to rely on their legs as opposed to their hands tend to be a lot slower as the years go by. Therefore, I tip Pacquaio to be the faster of the two. So Mayweather might feel the need to be concentrating on throwing more punches than he usually does. That’s gonna be tough against an opponent that is more known for his knockout ability and hand speed combinations than anything else.
Another thing that I have observed about fighters as the years go by, is that they tend to get cut easier. Again, that is another disadvantage to Mayweather, being the older man. Tyson, Ali, they all got cuts to show during the last part of their career. So Mayweather has to watch out for any form of clashes and clinching that will result in an eye cut, especially if it is in the first half of the fight. If this was to happen to Mayweather, the fight is over. I would hate to see any of the two fighters defeated based on that scenario.
From my observation, Pacquiao has nothing at all to lose. He has felt defeat five times and even knockouts, plus he has 95% of America on his side as well as his own country. So that will be a ball of confidence in itself. It will not be easy for Mayweather to go into the ring totally focused knowing that the majority of his own country is against him, but if he is as focused as they say he is, it might not phase him one bit. It reminds me of the days of Ali, when almost all America was against him. They came in droves to see the man who is now hailed as an icon, lose.
Having said this, if Mayweather did his training in the proper manner and observed all of Pacquiao’s previous fights he will see and be aware that his opponent will not bother to chase him, but cut the ring short and pull off all styles of combinations. In doing so he will be saving his energy for later rounds hoping that Mayweather might be tired by then to be susceptible to a knock out. Failing that he still would have scored enough punches in the meantime if that doesn’t work.
Finally, although Mayweather’s potential has yet to convince me, if he is as smart as they say ( well, he must be to have gone 47-0-0), he should also focus on Pacquiao being off balance on 27% of the punches he throws. With that off balance problem, Mayweater should take advantage. If you observe, Pacquiao was off balance when he was knocked out cold and when he was last knocked down. Those punches were not hard punches but punches that caught him off guard during the time he was off balance. So, I predict Mayweather, as slow as he might be and being at another disadvantage to be fighting a south paw, should still be able to clinch the championship.