Floyd Mayweather Sr. made his prediction for the May 2 fight between Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao and unsurprisingly, Mayweather Sr. picked his son.
Well that seems a bit too obvious but Mayweather Sr. did give some deeper reasoning than just because it’s his son.
“Mayweather fighting guys 20 pounds over his weight, and he beating their a****,” Mayweather Sr. said. “What the hell you think he's going to do to Pacquiao?”
Some experts believe that although it is true that Mayweather Jr. has an advantage on size, it will come down to more than just that.
"Floyd's advantages are that he's bigger, faster and stronger. That's the trifecta in boxing,” former boxing champion Ray Mancini said. “They have both been in there with world-class fighters and have both given away weight in fights. It'll come down to styles. Who can figure the other guy out first and make him do what he wants him to do. Remember, when Ray Robinson fought Jake LaMotta every time, Ray weighed no more than 147 pounds for every fight. But, because of styles it worked to his advantage.”
Mancini has a point. Mayweather has beaten some heavier opponents, but not exactly as exaggerated as Mayweather Sr. says. The biggest weight gap in his last six fights was a 17-pound difference between him at 148 pounds and Marcos Maidana’s 165 pounds. Mayweather Jr. beat Maidana by majority decision last May.
David Staba, a former managing editor for the Rochester Free Press, also believes Mayweather’s past success against bigger fighters will not help him against a quick Pacquiao.
“Maidana and Alvarez are bigger than Pacquiao, but they're also a lot slower, both in terms of hand speed and fighting pace,” Staba said. “Unless Mayweather is going to go to a style we've never seen from him and turn brawler, I don't see where having fought bigger guys gives him much of an advantage. This fight will turn on how well he copes with Pacquiao's hand speed and aggression, neither of which have been a strength of any of Floyd's recent opponents.”
Source: CBS Sports
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