Unless you purposely hid your laptops and smartphones over the weekend, you probably know about the news about those two boxers participating in some fight, two months from now. We mean, of course you know—we all waited five years for the darned thing to happen.
The fight's announcement got everyone talking. But here we filter them down to those voices that matter—trainers, fighters, and other important boxing figures. Here's what they have to say about our generation's Great Fight: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao!
NACHO BERISTAIN, trainer of Juan Manuel Marquez, who fought both Manny and Floyd, thinks Floyd is going to get beaten up.
“Pacquiao will definitely win. Pacquiao is just too tough and too strong. Pressure and a lot of punches just beat Floyd up. It’s a very good, important fight but that fight should not happen. Because I believe Pacquiao will beat Mayweather. You’re gonna take away the glory that has made Mayweather these past years. Mayweather’s style when he fights someone that pressures him and throws a lot of punches—he just beats [Floyd] up.”
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JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ and his trainer have the same thoughts.
"It's a very dangerous fight [for Mayweather], because he has not faced any opponent with the speed or aggression of Pacquiao, and in this case also with power. Mayweather has not faced an opponent with these characteristics."
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OSCAR DE LA HOYA, who has been outfought by Floyd and Manny in their battles, thinks the two are equally fast but are two different kinds of fast.
"It's different [kinds of] speed. Mayweather is a guy who times you. He'll throw a fast shot and boom. Mayweather will not throw a combination. He's not that type of fighter. A three or four punch combination, he's not that type of fighter, Pacquiao is."
"He'll (Pacquiao) throw a four, five, six, seven punch combination and [throw it] fast. I would say, today, both guys might be the same. A few years ago, four or five years ago, I would have gone with Pacquiao. Both guys have slowed down a bit but both are still pretty quick. I would have to say they're even."
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Former pound-for-pound king ROY JONES JR., made an NBA reference as he answered the question: "Are Mayweather and Pacquiao too old to make for an exciting fight?"
"To me, it's one of those things where, if you got Larry Bird in shape right now, and you got Michael Jordan in shape right now, you're still gonna get one hell of a quarter of basketball. We're not sure how long that quarter would last, but you're gonna get a hell of a quarter, because you've got two of the best."
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RICKY HATTON, the unfortunate victim of sneaky left hooks from peak Pacquiao and peak Mayweather, has his money on Money.
"If you're going to ask me where I'd put my money on, I'd put it on Mayweather. But only by the narrowest of margins. I've always thought Mayweather would beat Pacquiao. But lately against Maidana, Mayweather's not quite look the force. He was still good but there were signs that he might be slowing just a little bit. And since Pacquiao got beat by Marquez, he's been looking a lot better. The only person that's going to beat Mayweather is someone with speed and movement like Pacquiao. A few years ago, I said 'Mayweather all day long,' but now I'd still go for Mayweather but not by much."
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Yet another Pac-Mayweather opponent, three-division champ SHANE MOSLEY, thinks Mayweather has the edge.
"Floyd has the power to hurt [Pacquiao]. Floyd has good underrated power. He likes to make people come to him, and when he hits them they feel it. I lean towards Mayweather because he’s maybe a little sharper, but anything is possible in a boxing match."
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Pinoy boxing icon GERRY PENALOSA has full belief in his kumpare.
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"Manny will win because he's challenged, he will prepare hard, being an underdog motivates him. It makes him work hard, it gives him hunger and a hungry boxer is always a tough opponent. I think Manny will pressure him until he gets him on the ropes where Mayweather will find it hard to stay away from his punches. Manny's volume punching and cutting the ring will make Mayweather struggle. Even if he runs, he will eventually get caught especially during the late rounds. Manny will get him between rounds nine to 12. Either he wins by late knockout or decision."
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All-time heavyweight great LENNOX LEWIS thinks Floyd has the natural ability but Manny has the heart.
"Floyd is the best at side-stepping and movement and he's very quick and hard to hit. Pacquiao is a great guy when it comes to offense and trying to break a person down—he's trying to knock you out, so it's a great match-up between styles. I think Floyd has so much talent and quickness, that natural ability to win. It really depends on his heart. Pacquiao has a lot of heart. It's difficult but I think Mayweather has all the advantages, that natural ability and rhythm. Pacquiao, you never really know how he's going to come out because he's boxed differently on different occasions with different opponents."
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Equally legendary heavyweights EVANDER HOLYFIELD and LARRY HOLMES weigh in on the matchup as well.
Holmes: "My heart is with Pacquiao but I have to go with the guy with the ability—the lateral movement, the jabs, left hand, right hook—but my heart ain't with him"
Holyfield: "Both guys have that ability to turn it on at any given time and take advantage of a mistake. Both of them guys have the ability to win and whoever makes the least mistakes is going to win. Pacquiao has proven that he can swing from any angle. Mayweather seems like he gets better with every fight. I'm just like anybody else, I'm going to watch it and see who wins!"
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Floyd's dad and trainer, FLOYD MAYWEATHER SR., picks his son to win. (Well, duh!)
"I pick my son to whoop him. I don't think it's going to be a tough fight. I think my son is going to handle him easily. I ain't gonna tell you that he's not going to knock him out because he might knock him out, but he's going to punish him real bad."
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To no one's surprise, BOB ARUM and FREDDIE ROACH believe that it will be Floyd that will get punished real bad.
Arum: “I want to assure everybody in the Philippines that we’re going to win this fight. Manny is going to win and he’s going to win decisively and establish himself without any question as the greatest fighter in the world.”
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Roach, meanwhile, had this to Tweet:
"Floyd should enjoy being the A-Side while he can because on May 2 Manny is going to put him on his backside." - @FreddieRoach— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) February 21, 2015
At the moment, we'll have to do with these fighting words until the big night on May 2. But before we end, let's look at what the boxers have said about the fight themselves.
MANNY is comfortable in his role as underdog:
“I’d been in this kind of situation many times in my previous fights. It doesn’t scare me. I love being the underdog. It even motivates me to train hard and go for the crown.”
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MAYWEATHER, on the other hand, spouted off in typical Mayweather fashion.
“I am the best ever, TBE, and this fight will be another opportunity to showcase my skills and do what I do best, which is win. Manny is going to try to do what 47 before him failed to do, but he won’t be successful. He will be number 48.”
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