Floyd Mayweather Vs Manny Pacquiao – Preview and Prediction

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The richest fight in boxing history and the biggest fight of an era finally takes place this weekend, after over 5 years of cat and mouse, politics and games the world will finally get to see Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao lay hands on one another.

This Saturday night is more than just a fight, this is about history, this is about legacies, this is about how each fighter will be remembered for years to come. The biggest fight of their careers, their defining moment.

This fight had to happen and I believe both fighters realised that their legacies would not be the same without crossing the others path in the square circle. It may be a few years later than expected, but it’s here now, and when that bell sounds for round one, the world will be watching.

Floyd Mayweather Vs Manny Pacquiao has arrived, at last.

Floyd Mayweather

THE STORY ON – FLOYD MAYWEATHER

This man needs no introduction. Floyd Mayweather has been the face of boxing for a decade, one of the greatest defensive masters of all time, the king of boxing. Hit and not be hit is the nature of business, and Floyd knows his business like no other, he is a craftsman and an artist.

Floyd Mayweather is 19 years and 47 fights as a professional, in that time no one has beaten Mayweather and the zero on that record is an obsession for a fighter who claims to be the best ever. In that respect there is a lot more on the line for Floyd Mayweather this weekend, the pressure to keep that zero intact will always be a driving force for Mayweather.

Mayweather has mastered the art of defence and counter punching,  the way he holds himself to minimise himself as a target and roll with shots is like no other fighter in the sport, his movement is mesmerising. He is the more versatile fighter this weekend, he can box and move or wait for his opponent to make mistakes and make them pay a price for each and every one with his elite counter punching ability.

It is little wonder why so many are backing Floyd Mayweather this weekend, the man has beaten everyone put in front of him and is facing a Manny Pacquiao who is past his prime, and who has lost that killer instinct he once had.

However Mayweather is also a fighter past his prime who he has never faced a southpaw with the speed, elusiveness and skillset of Pacquiao. If you believe this is going to be straight forward for Floyd Mayweather this weekend, I believe you will be very much mistaken.

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THE STORY ON – MANNY PACQUIAO

Manny Pacquiao has god like status in his native Philippines, when he fights a country stands still and that will certainly be even more enhanced given the magnitude of this super fight.

Pacquiao had to endure a brutal, poverty stricken upbringing. Living on the streets of the Philippines, where he would buy and sell donuts just to survive. As a 12 year old boy everyday was a fight for Manny Pacquiao, and as the boy walked into a boxing gym for the first time at the age of 14, he took every ounce of that fight with him.

Manny was always a committed and ruthless fighter but with two early stoppage defeats in his career it wasn’t until he formed a partnership with long time trainer and friend Freddie Roach in 2001 that things changed, it was Roach who transformed Manny Pacquiao into the formidable force he became through the noughties decade. And It will be Roach who will guide Pacquiao into the biggest fight of his career.

Manny Pacquiao while it seems has lost that ferociousness he once had is still an elite fighter. The southpaw even at 36 has exceptional hand speed and an underrated skillset, his foot movement is elusively quick and if he can somehow rekindle that killer instinct, he will cause Mayweather serious problems.

THE STATISTICS

PREDICTION – MANNY PACQUIAO SD 

If either fighter dominates the other this weekend, for me it would be a big surprise, this is an extremely competitive fight and I see it no other way. While a stoppage is never impossible in boxing the statistics tell us this fight is highly likely to go the distance.

It has been six years and 9 fights since Manny Pacquiao stopped Miguel Cotto in the 12th round in 2009, and with the exception of a sucker punch win against Victor Ortiz you have to go back to Ricky Hatton and 2007 since Floyd Mayweather last stopped an opponent.

Big fights can spring big surprises but this should see 12 rounds of action and as such the judges scorecards will be a big factor in this fight. I see this fight as being a competitive and perhaps subjective fight to score, in that sense I am going to put it out there and say I see there possibly being controversial scorecards that are debated long after the dust has settled at the MGM Grand Arena.

Both fighters have declined and that has been evident in recent fights, I actually thought Mayweather looked old at times in his fights with Maidana and Pacquiao brings something to the table I don’t believe Mayweather has had to deal with before.

If Maidana can take it to Mayweather and have success, I believe Pacquiao can do a lot more.

At 2/1 in what I believe will be an extremely competitive contest, in my opinion there is value to be had on a Manny Pacquiao win this weekend.

Below is a list of the bets I will be backing, or ultimately you can take advantage of some of the various Mayweather Vs Pacquiao special offers from bookmakers listed below and sit back and enjoy the fight with minimal risk.

BETTING TIPS

£20 on Manny Pacquiao to win 2/1 Bet365

£10 on Manny Pacquiao by decision 5/1 Sky Bet

£5 on the draw 16/1 Bet365

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