Following on from my previous article – “How does Manny Pacquiao beat Floyd Mayweather?” I will now focus my thoughts on the flip-side of the debate.
How does Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao?
Pound for pound protagonist, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather 47-0 (26 KO’s), is undefeated for a plethora of reasons. Mayweather has a sublime defense, very high accuracy, great speed of hands/feet and an unmatched ring IQ in this current era of the sport of boxing. Even on the odd occasion when ‘Money’ has been tagged by solid punchers, the Mayweather beard has stood firm.
Will the chin of Floyd Mayweather continue to keep the pound for pound king upright if ‘Pacman’ detonates on Floyd’s mandible with his left hook?
In Mayweather’s rematch bout against Marcos Maidana, right as the bell called a halt to the end of the 3rd round, ‘El Chino’ landed a heavy left hand flush on Mayweather’s chin.
Mayweather staggered slightly, but didn’t seem overly threatened by the Maidana right hand. Mayweather was wide open following the punch that Marcos Maidana landed and if there was a few more seconds remaining at the end of 3rd round, Mayweather could have been out at sea and indeed, in very deep waters.
The punch that was landed, apparently knocked Mayweather’s tooth out. Mayweather refuted this claim, but I have evidence against this in a previous article. But with that aside, Maidana is a solid puncher at welterweight, unlike Manny Pacquiao.
Floyd Mayweather faced Miguel Cotto in 2012. In this fight, at times, Mayweather looked quite slow and Cotto actually popped Floyd’s nose. The sight of blood emanating from the nose of Mayweather, was a shock to most people. This led a lot to think Floyd Mayweather was almost at the end as an elite fighter. Mayweather came back in the fight and in the final round, Floyd looked like he could possibly get Cotto out of there.
A couple of fights down the line and Mayweather faced Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. In the fight against Alvarez, Mayweather resoundingly out-boxed the young, undefeated Mexican star to a points decision.
Mayweather then faced off against tough brawler, Marcos Maidana. Mayweather struggled against Maidana in the first half of the fight and then reset himself, and started to takeover as he adapted to the aggressive style of the Argentinean slugger. Mayweather edged a narrow points victory, once more on the scorecards. The fight against Maidana was close enough for most to see the rematch take place.
In the return bout with Maidana, Mayweather did much more of what we have come to expect, although Floyd didn’t have things all his own way, but was the clear winner on the cards. This all tells me that Floyd Mayweather took things slightly easy at the time he faced Miguel Cotto. Most people were of the opinion that Miguel Cotto was pretty much done at elite level when he faced Mayweather.
We then have the bout against Saul Alvarez. Alvarez, at this time was undefeated and certainly posed more of a threat to the undefeated Mayweather than Miguel Cotto did.
This in turn makes me believe that Mayweather took Alvarez more seriously. I don’t know this for a certainty, but that is how it seems.
And of course, we have the first bout with Maidana and the return bout with the tough Argentinean power puncher. Mayweather’s second bout against Maidana outshone his first performance. With all that said, it makes sense to me that the more of an actual threat is across the ring from Floyd Mayweather, the more he ups his game and the more he looks in command.
Mayweather is a genius in the ring and he seems to be able to adapt to any style, but this is never without problems, and certainly at this stage of Floyd’s career. Pacquiao can certainly pose a problem with his speed and angles, but is anyone so absolutely definitely sure that for twelve whole rounds, Pacquiao can exert those angles and speed over Mayweather without ‘Money’ adapting to the situation and taking control of Pacquiao?
Floyd Mayweather is at the stage of his boxing life where he does what he feels is enough to get him over the line. This is possibly prolonging his career at top level.
As I covered in the previous article, the Pacquiao power is not present at welterweight, (true welterweight) so just how does Manny Pacquiao out-box the highly skilled Floyd Mayweather? I know Manny can’t out-box Floyd, it’s that simple. There is nothing to show me that with everything we have seen of both men, there is not one moment I actually believe that Pacquiao can take the undefeated record of Mayweather.
‘Pacman’ may just need a miracle to get a decision over Mayweather.