I hear the same question constantly from friends when it comes to boxing over the last 12-18 months. Who would win if Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao were to get into the squared-circle?
First, before any of us talk about who would win between the two, Mayweather and Pacquiao, we have to remember that there is a bout coming up in the second weekend in June which features Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley facing each other. That right, Pacquaio must first get pass the undefeated Bradley, who is hungry and I believe most fans are sleeping on Bradley. I’m not saying that Bradley is going to win, but many may not won’t to easily rule Bradley out. If Bradley shocks the boing world and beats Pacquiao then all this Mayweather-Pacquiao talk will be irrelevant.
Now, on to the subject at hand. This is what I think assuming Pacquiao even gets by Bradley:
Prior to Pacquiao’s past November bout with rival, Juan Manuel Marquez, it was tough to decide who would win between Mayweather and Pacquiao. Both men have such contrasting styles, which could actually well against each other. After seeing Pacquiao in his latest performance with Marquez, I was pretty sure that Mayweather would school Pacquaio. Marquez’ style and countering ability gave Pacquiao issues, so I figured Mayweather being the best in the business at countering and being much quicker than Marquez, would give Pacquiao the same issues. At the same time, Pacquaio didn’t look motivated in the fight with Marquez.
Then we all just witnessed Mayweather’s latest fight with Miguel Cotto and I have to say that it changed my thoughts somewhat on who I think would win, if Mayweather and Pacquiao squared off. Despite winning convincingly, Mayweather did look a little slower and older, which is to be expected as an athlete hits the mid 30s of age. Anyway, I could help but think that if a Manny Pacquiao of the pre-Marquez fight was in the ring against Mayweather instead of Cotto, that the outcome may have turned out differently in favor of Pacquiao. Once again, this is assuming if this was the Pacquiao of before the third fight with Marquez.
So, who wins if the two guys meet up? I still can’t give a definitive answer. It just basically depends on which fighter is more into the fight mentally and physically. I feel if we see the same Pacquiao that we saw in the ring with Marquez, then Mayweather will pick him apart. At the same time though, if Mayweather show signs of slowing down just slightly, a motivated Pacquiao could do the job that Cotto came short in.
Once again, I still do know who would win. Perhaps, I will be able a speak more on the subject after Pacquaio gets a taste of Bradley.