Saturday May 2 2015. MGM Grand Arena Las Vegas Nevada
Current Line- Mayweather (-240) Pacquiao (+210)
This is a fight that even the most casual boxing fan has been hearing about for years. In fact that this fight did not take place 5 years ago is one of many contributing factors in the fall of popularity of the sport in the United States. Since their initial agreement was backed out on 5 years ago Floyd Mayweather has remained undefeated and dominant although he rarely fights and in the eyes of many has been avoiding this fight until he had no choice.
Manny Pacquiao has had a much more aggressive schedule over the last 5 years and has suffered some losses on the way. He lost to Juan Manuel Marquez once out of the 4 times they have fought over their careers and he lost a controversial decision to Tim Bradley. In both cases Pacquiao avenged the loss with a convincing win.
While Pacquiao is the younger fighter in regards to years on Earth, he has many more ring years and been in many more intense fights than Mayweather. Floyd is somewhat a victim of his own dominance, although his lack of fighting the top available contenders over the years may also have something to do with it. Pacquiao was knocked out by Marquez and has been involved in other stoppages over his career. Mayweather has been relatively untouched in many of his fights due to his ability to make himself small and avoid punches. Mayweather will be 38 years old on fight night and will be going for his 48th consecutive win. He has held some form of a boxing belt for the last 17 years.
Pacquiao has regained his dominant form and both fighters appeared primed for a big night on May 2nd. Nobody has been able to hit Floyd for 17 years and that is thanks in large part to his speed. He does get off punches quicker than Pacquiao but for the first time in his career he will have no such speed advantage when it comes to exchanges. He will need to look to get involved in these exchanges and make Floyd fight in the center of the ring. He also has the advantage of being a southpaw and could create problems for Floyd and his “shoulder roll” defense. Pacquiao will throw his left hand from a variety of different angles.
Mayweather has fought Marcos Maidana in his last two fights and been far from impressive in victory. Expect to see an improved version of Floyd who will be better prepared for this fight with the whole world expected to be his audience. There are conflicting reports as to who was holding this fight up for years but the consensus is that Floyd and his camp were the most difficult. Pacquiao agreed to all of Floyd’s demands and an approximate 60/40 split of the profits. Now it will be a matter of what wins. Will it be the cerebral and defensive style of Mayweather or will it be the aggressive and active style of Pacquiao.
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