Last month on February 20, 2015 it was made official that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (WBA/WBC welterweight champion) and Manny Pacquiao (WBO welterweight champion) would “finally” meet in a boxing ring after years of talk and speculation.
I have always contended that this bout would happen because of the large amount of money it will generate for all. So now this huge match is set for May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, on HBO and Showtime pay-per-view.
This fight is the most anticipated in boxing since Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali, March 8, 1971. That fight was billed as the “Fight of the Century” and it certainly was when two undefeated champions met in their primes for the “undisputed” heavyweight championship.
The 36-year-old Pacquiao isn’t the fighter he was in 2009 when he knocked out Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. Since then his five biggest have been Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley, and Brandon Rios.
The 38-year-old Mayweather hasn’t lost too much since 2009. His five biggest wins have been Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, and Marcos Maidana. He still remains undefeated and this is why he enters the fight as the favorite.
Even though both these fighters are older in age and considered past their primes, they are still “pound for pound” the two best in the world – Mayweather #1 and Pacquiao #2 rated by boxing experts.
With that being said, this is a bout that boxing needs and although I personally don’t think the fight itself will be anything like Duran-Leonard, Leonard-Hearns, Hagler-Hearns, or Arguello-Pryor, I do think it will be a competitive fight. Pacquiao will be taking it to Mayweather in the early rounds before Floyd makes the adjustments defensively and masterfully wins the middle and later rounds, with Manny having difficulty landing clean punches as the fight goes on. My early prediction… “and the winner is”: Mayweather by a close, but unanimous, 12 round decision!