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Five Opponents That Both Pacquiao And Mayweather Defeated And What We've Learned From Them
With the fight less than two weeks away, we whet our appetite with the boxers that both Pac and Money beat down on.
by Raul Maningat | 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!


VERSUS GOLDEN BOY OSCAR DE LA HOYA

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.


VERSUS PACQUIAO'S LEAST FAVORITE BUDDY, JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ

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.


VERSUS SIR SLEEPYHEAD, RICKY HATTON

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.

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VERSUS PUERTO RICO'S TOUGHEST S.O.B., MIGUEL COTTO

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