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Apr 22, 2015
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Do you want to know what will happen in the Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown?

The only way we’ll surely know is to tune in on May 3 to see this saga's conclusion. And wouldn't you know it? We've got less than two weeks to go. We are ready. So to get an idea of what Manny and Floyd might have in store for us, we revisited how they fared against their five common opponents—De La Hoya, Hatton, Cotto, Marquez and Mosley.

Check out our review of these fights and see if it gives you clues to what will go down on boxing’s brightest day!


What Pacquiao showed: Manny's laser-guided left hand lead landed on Oscar’s face more frequently than Li'l Kim visits her cosmetic surgeon. The blindingly quick foot movement he displayed made it seem as if he was teleporting around the ring—maneuvers that left De La Hoya befuddled as he searched aimlessly for his opponent. The Golden Boy quit on his stool after taking a brutal assault for eight rounds, a violent ending clearly ushered in by the Pacman’s flawless exhibition of the fight game’s sweet science.

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What Mayweather showed: The 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist from East L.A. gave Floyd trouble in the first four rounds. But as the fight ensued, Money-May started to figure out his popular foe’s point of attack. Floyd froze Oscar up by consistently beating him to the punch. From the midpoint of the match onwards, majority of the scoring blows were coming from Mayweather while De La Hoya’s share dwindled down drastically, from Shaq-sized to Kevin Hart-sized. Two of the three judges saw the same thing, effectively awarding the native of Grand Rapids, Michigan a split decision victory.

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What we learned: Under the bright lights in the biggest boxing event at that time, the world saw Floyd’s uncanny ability to make the necessary mid-fight adjustments to emerge victorious. On the other corner, as Manny broke through to superstardom, he showed the skill to perfectly execute the left hand lead—basically a left straight thrown without a right jab, and a terrific weapon against an orthodox fighter like Floyd. No wonder Coach Freddie has Manny doing workouts and sparring sessions throwing nothing but left hands. If Manny can sting his flamboyant adversary on May 3 like he did Oscar, success will be on his side.



What Pacquiao showed: Marquez a.k.a. Pacquiao’s ultimate “kontrapelo,” gave the Filipino southpaw his hardest times ever inside the ring. El Dinamita shines the brightest when he's facing the Pacman, akin to you in a KTV bar singing that one song that makes your voice sound really good. But despite the Mexican Warrior’s mastery of countering Manny’s offense, the Pambansang Kamao still managed to claim two victories out of four tries. No doubt his power helped a great deal; however, it really was Pacquiao’s unwavering fighting spirit that got him past the daunting predicaments imposed on him by Marquez.  

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What Mayweather showed: Without the guidance of a strength and conditioning coach, Marquez lost a significant chunk of his speed when he went up in weight to face Mayweather. That’s not enough of a reason, though, to take away the credit Floyd deserves for practically shutting down the guy who’s got Pacquiao all figured out. The show Money-May put on that day made it seem like the master counterpuncher from Mexico City was a fighter way below his level. Simply put, the skillset of Mayweather is so stacked it will take someone otherworldly good to beat him. Will that be Manny?

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What we learned: To a certain extent Manny will benefit from his rock solid resolve in his bid to crack the May-Vinci code. But to fully accomplish it, he must complement the determination he has with outstanding boxing ability, the right game plan, two or three back-up plans, and excellent conditioning. Otherwise, Floyd’s godlike pugilistic skills will once again prevail.


What Pacquiao showed: The British Hitman didn’t stand a chance against Pacman’s power. Eating Manny’s strongest punches—the right hook over the jab, a left straight off of a Pacquiao signature 1-2, and a sledgehammer left hook from nowhere—Hatton went to sleep in no time. Ricky chose to trade bombs, he paid for it dearly when Manny detonated a bone-crunching knockout in the second round.   

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What Mayweather showed: It took Floyd 10 rounds to dispose of the rough and rugged Hatton. As always, he was methodical in breaking his assignment down. Just like an expert poker player, the boxing genius sucked Ricky into traps round by round, eventually taking away everything his opponent has to offer. The slow-roasting of the Englishman culminated in a left hook that got him comically stumbling into the ring post head first before falling down to the mat. The 10th round flurry by Mayweather that finished things off was merely a formality.


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What we learned: In the early goings, Mayweather will patiently look for chinks in Pacquiao’s armor. If he sees some, he’ll lure the Pacman into precarious positions just like when he had Hatton running into his punches. On Manny’s end, he must take full advantage of the rare times Floyd is forced to mix it up, where he can land something as devastating as his Mortal Kombat Fatality K.O. of poor old Ricky.


What Pacquiao showed: Manny, at the top of his game, is a fighting machine that operates non-stop. His hands never stops throwing and his feet never stop moving. His dynamic fighting style was probably most evident in the 4th round, when he scored a game-changing knockdown out of nowhere as Cotto was back-pedaling. From that point forward, Manny connected at will, his hands looking like a helicopter’s propeller hitting the Puerto Rican champ’s face at full speed. Manny was surprisingly just as strong as Miguel but was clearly too fast and too good for anyone that night. Thankfully the ref stopped the onslaught in the 12th.

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What Mayweather showed: Against Miguel Cotto, a fighter in the elite class, Floyd had to dig deep. He got bloodied up in the middle rounds by the Boricua puncher, only to push him to come out firing down the stretch. As a result, Mayweather convincingly took the championship rounds and bagged himself a gutsy unanimous decision triumph.

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What we learned: Against Money-May, Manny needs to somehow replicate the pit bull-like tenacity he demonstrated in the Cotto fight. Getting nailed by the Pacman early on or even during the mid-rounds definitely won’t discourage Floyd from finding a way to win the match. Mayweather has the composure of Kobe Bryant in the fourth quarter; he’s not one to easily be rattled. Manny can’t rest. His work rate must be at its optimum from the onset till the end.


What Pacquiao showed: After dropping Sugar Shane down in the 3rd round, Manny did very little to try and go for the knockout. Not feeling an ounce of animosity towards the guy in front of him, Pacquiao didn’t go for the kill even when Mosley’s face was telling him, “Manny, knock me out, please!” The Pacman took his foot off the pedal and simply chose to cruise to an easy, unentertaining win by decision.


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What Mayweather Showed: In the 2nd stanza, Floyd proved to everyone that his chin and overall toughness were at the same level as his boxing skills and reflexes. Getting hit with two equilibrium-altering shots by Mosely would’ve stopped anyone, yet Floyd made it out of the round without even touching the canvass. Soon after, the Money-Man stood in the pocket with his rival and outgunned him. It seemed like Floyd got embarrassed when he got hurt early, making him uncharacteristically aggressive as he bullied Shane en route to an impressive one-sided victory.    

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What we learned: Manny has the ability to end a fight early but he needs the proper motivation for his killer instinct to kick in. It looks like he won’t have a problem in that aspect when he faces Mayweather, given all the disrespectful things the latter has said about the Fighting Congressman over the years. As Coach Freddie stated, his Number One pupil has a genuine dislike for Floyd—a feeling that can give Manny enough ammo to hurt and not let Floyd get off the hook. Going up against Floyd, evidently a guy with mutant-like recuperative powers, being armed with unlimited bullets is exactly what the Pacman needs.

Against the same tests, some might say that both fighters were equally brilliant but we believe the tremendous firepower and the versatility that the Pacman have shown put him over the top. We just wish that on May 3rd, the edge will remain with our main man Manny!