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Mar 12, 2015
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As the #PressConOfTheCentury has showed us, the entire world is caught up in the Mayweather-Pacquiao whirlwind, with everyone trying to get their spit into the conversation. It's been beautiful.

One of the common trends is getting the opinion of famous people as to who they're betting on. We ran a tally of boxing legends weighing in on the fight a couple of weeks ago, but owing to the magnitude of this match-up we knew we were bound to do it again. Below is our updated list.


ANTONIO TARVER

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The former light heavyweight champ who once knocked out ring icon Roy Jones Jr. acknowledges that Manny Pacquiao is a legitimate threat: “He [Pacquiao] possesses the type of style and from a southpaw stance we cannot lose sight of that. Pacquiao is a tremendous southpaw, something that Floyd Mayweather hasn’t seen a whole lot of, and Pacquiao is moving at light speed."

But he still believes Floyd will win: "I think Floyd wins a decision, but if this fight doesn’t go the distance, you have to lean toward Pacquiao landing that shot within the distance."

The full story here.

TEAM MONEY - 1, TEAM MANNY - 0


MIKE TYSON

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Iron Mike sounds like he's favoring Manny in a YouTube video posted on March 7: "“Floyd doesn’t throw nowhere near 100 punches a round. He’s more, you know, scientific about it. He really plots a lot. And he sits around and he poses. And this guy is all over—fading, moving. I just don’t think Mayweather is going to be able to play that plotting, skill ... Floyd’s got to fight the first couple of rounds.”

The full story here.

TEAM MONEY - 1, TEAM MANNY - 1


LAILA ALI

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Muhammad Ali's boxing champion daughter isn't mincing words over her pick: “I’ll probably go with Mayweather because he is a skilled fighter. He is a superior talent. Pacquiao is a great fighter but I always go with skills over just being a brawler like Pacquiao.”

The full story here.

TEAM MONEY - 2, TEAM MANNY - 1


ROBERT GARCIA

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The trainer of Marcos Maidana, the twice-conquered (but valiant in defeat) foe of Mayweather, is on the side of Money: “Pacquiao knows what he does inside the ring; he’s also a very experienced fighter; he’s very, very, fast and very awkward with his footwork. He should give Mayweather some problems, but Mayweather’s just too smart and can adapt to anything.”

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The full story here.

TEAM MONEY - 3, TEAM MANNY - 1


DANA WHITE

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UFC head honcho, Dana White, is giving Manny a real chance: "I think Floyd has the best defense in boxing, he's very fast. But Manny is one of the most dangerous guys in the history of boxing. He's got great, great feet, a lot of power in both hands and he's gonna keep coming. I think if it's a slow-paced fight it will go Floyd's way but if it's fast-paced and there's a lot of exchanges I think Manny will get it done."

The full story here.

TEAM MONEY - 3, TEAM MANNY - 2


50 CENT

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Mayweather's frenemy and the author of the seminal Happy Birthday song, "It's Your Birthday," has literally put his money where his mouth isn't. While he has had very chatty arguments with Floydie over the past years, he's putting his money on Money this time, betting $1.6-million on him.

The full story here.

TEAM MONEY - 4, TEAM MANNY - 2


MARK MUÑOZ

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The Filipino Wrecking Machine compared Floyd to a bee hive, which automatically puts him on Pac's side: "Manny's always been good at volume so he just needs to push the pace, open him up kinda like a bee hive. When you punch a bee hive, the bees come out, he needs to do that to Mayweather and make sure that he comes out then Manny will show his skills from there." 

Muñoz doesn't end there, stating, "100 percent he's [Pacquiao's] gonna win the fight. It's gonna be by decision because the thing about Mayweather, he's hard to connect on that's why I said volume. Volume is gonna be his way of winning the fight."

The full story here.

TEAM MONEY - 4, TEAM MANNY - 3


MIGUEL COTTO

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The Pacquiao and Mayweather victim takes the former's side: "I've been working with Freddie Roach for the last two fights, and I know what he’s capable of doing with Manny. I think he's going to get Manny through Floyd’s mistakes. Manny is going to take advantage of… I'm rooting for Manny."

The full story here.

TEAM MONEY - 4, TEAM MANNY - 4


ROBERT GUERRERO

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The four division titleholder and Mayweather's victory no. 43 says he's 50-50 as to who will win but his comments sound like they're in Pac's favor: "[Pacquiao] does different things. You don't have a rhythm, and he's just so fast, in and out. And his reaction time, my God, and those hooks. But anything can happen. And everyone knows in boxing, one punch changes everything.."

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But in the end he says that "it's a pick 'em fight," meaning he's still 50-50.

The full story here.

TEAM MONEY - 4, TEAM MANNY - 4, DRAW - 1


SUGAR RAY LEONARD

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The five-division champ and bonafide boxing legend is equally split regarding his choice of a winner: “Anything can happen in the bout, it could be in the first round or the 12th. It’s so exciting and I’m not sure which way to call it. Part of me thinks Mayweather, he has never lost, he has never tasted defeat and has not had that feeling of having to come back. Pacquiao has tasted that [defeat] but he is so different. He is blessed with hand speed, foot speed, and power so maybe that doesn’t apply to him.” 

The full story here.

TEAM MONEY - 4, TEAM MANNY - 4, DRAW - 2


MARVIN HAGLER

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Sugar Ray's rival back in the day was also non-committal with his comments apart from proclaiming this to be the biggest fight ever. He said: "Mayweather, he's using his head, he's using his skills and strategy and let's hope Pacquiao don't fall into his tricks."

The full story here.

TEAM MONEY - 4, TEAM MANNY - 4, DRAW - 3


And we have a draw, boxing fans. That's just the kind of collision it is, with boxing pundits just as unable to fully predict a winner for the fight. Let the spit-fest continue until we see the fight on May 2!


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