The lead up to the biggest fight in boxing history, financially speaking, had been a long one. Floyd Mayweather
made his pro debut in 1996 at the weight of 130 pounds, stopping Roberto Apodaca
in the second round. Floyd has beaten many quality fighters at that weight such as Genaro Hernandez
, Angel Manfredy
, Diego Corrales
, Carlos Hernandez
and Jesus Chavez
. As he has moved up in weight, he continued beating quality opponents. They include Jose Luis Castillo
, DeMarcus Corley
, Ricky Hatton
, Miguel Cotto
and Saul Alvarez
. The last two of the fighters listed were fought at 154 pounds. Lately Floyd fights have been at welterweight. More after the break.
Manny Pacquiao’s start in the pros was most likely at 105 pounds. He was virtually unknown until he began fighting opponents from the U.S. & Mexico and by that time he was fighting at 122 pounds. It wasn’t until he dethroned the great Marco Antonio Barrera at 126 pounds did people really take notice. After that, Manny Pacquiao was on a roll fighting Juan Marquez & Erik Morales on multiple occasions. He destroyed David Diaz and Ricky Hatton. Manny defeated Miguel Cotto & Joshua Clottey, beat up on Brandon Rios then got his revenge on Timothy Bradley who got a gift decision from Pacquiao in their first fight. The guy who started at 105 is beating the best at 147.
Now Mayweather & Pacquiao will fight each other this Saturday. I have mixed thoughts about who will win. When the fight was finally made, I thought Manny has a good chance of defeating Mayweather, because of the way these fighters looked in their last couple of fights; Pacquiao only looks slightly off from his performances from 5 years ago, when this fight was first being discussed. Mayweather, on the other hand, does not look as sharp or athletic as he has in the past. So I was thinking Pacquiao would win a clear decision, because of his work rate and aggressiveness. That is if Las Vegas doesn’t have the Floyd Mayweather blinders on.
However, my official pick is Mayweather by 11th round TKO. I thought about this way more than I care to admit. I recall Bernard Hopkins looking quite ordinary and simply old in a couple fights only to surprise us later against a top level opponent, moving like a 20 year old and dominating. So it’s possible Mayweather has simply been “off” in his last two fights.