Manny Pacquiao made his return to the ring this past weekend in Macau, China against Brandon Rios and did so in very impressive fashion. The former 8 division world champion dominated the fight from the opening bell to the finish and won almost every second of every round. Pacquiao showed no ill effects from his KO defeat to Marquez, and with the speed, skills and athleticism that he put on display, he looked like a fighter that would be a tough man for anyone to beat.
Around the boxing circles today, it is widely regarded that Floyd Mayweather Jr is the number 1 pound for pound in the world, but there has always been one question surrounding Mayweather, how do you beat him? It is the question that few boxers have come close to answering and it’s a riddle that no boxer today seems close to solving. The current pound for pound king is currently 45-0 and most recently was seen climbing up one weight class to beat formally undefeated, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Since that fight, many people have had theories on how to beat Mayweather.
On recent editions of “On The Ropes” radio, the theory that most guests shared was that with the right amount of aggression, pressure and speed Floyd Mayweather can be defeated. The issue is, you need a special fighter carry out this plan of attack, a fighter who has the speed and conditioning to go at Mayweather from opening bell. We’ve seen fighters like Robert Guerrero attempt a straight forward attack but have zero success. There is one fighter that has the ability to do this, and that fighter is none other than Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
If he does meet Mayweather in the ring, I believe he will give Floyd the toughest fight of his career. The speed and power of Pacquiao, along with his southpaw style have been too much for a lot of boxers out there, besides Juan Manuel Marquez, every fighter that has met Pacquiao in the ring has been either outworked, outclassed, or knocked out. The southpaw style has given Mayweather issues in the past, as he was losing the early rounds again Zab Judah until Judah’s poor stamina and temper got the best of him.
If Mayweather and Pacquiao do have their long awaited match up against each other, I believe that Manny Pacquiao can not only compete with Floyd, but has the ability to be the first man to defeat him. Pacquiao’s attributes will give Mayweather issues and cause him to be more defensive minded and also cause him to tire. The relentless pressure of a man with the speed and quickness of Pacquiao will wear on Mayweather and either cause him to lose a fair amount of the late rounds or even cause a scenario in which he actually folds down the stretch.
Brandon Rios is obviously several steps below a fighter like Mayweather, but one thing that was evident in the fight was that Pacquiao is still hungry and motivated. From Mayweather’s point of view, he should welcome a fight with Pacquiao, as he is running out of elite competition to face. I don’t think anyone would argue that a Mayweather – Pacquiao fight would be the biggest boxing event in recent history.
With Floyd Mayweather Sr. recently stating on “On The Ropes” that he would be open to making a fight with Pacquiao, then this fight that was nothing more than a fantasy of boxing fans, could become a reality, and if it does, don’t be surprised if Manny Pacquiao becomes the first man to defeat the greatest boxer of our time. Styles make fights and Pacquiao has the right style to beat Mayweather.