Sunday, November 15, 2009

If Anyone Can Beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. It's Manny Pacquiao

Out of all the fighters out there in and around Floyd Mayweather Jr's weight division, Manny Pacquiao has the best chance of beating him. Stylistically, Manny matches up good against Mayweather.

If you take a look at the Floyd Mayweather Jr./Zab Judah fight, you'll notice that Judah caught Mayweather with some good shots early on and in the middle stages of the fight. Zab Judah, like Manny Pacquiao is a south-paw with speed. But unlike Manny, Judah doesn't have the stamina, chin or discipline.

Judah's best weapon in that fight was the left hand - a punch Manny Pacquiao lands often against his opponents. There is no doubt that Manny would be landing a few of these powerful left hands on Mayweather's chin in the course of the fight; how many can Floyd Mayweather absorb before he falls? Or the better question probably is, can Mayweather avoid the left hand all night? Possible. But doubtful.

Mayweather has a great defense, but Pacquiao has the offensive firepower, speed, activity and stamina to capitalize. Even if Manny doesn't stop Mayweather, he certainly has the aggression and overall style to make it difficult for Mayweather -- possibly outpointing Floyd in a close fight. Remember, most judges will favor aggression and activity. There is no doubt in my mind Manny will be more active, the only question will be how effective he is.

It's certainly not a foregone conclusion that Manny Pacquiao WILL beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. if these two fight - this fight is 50/50 in my eyes with a slight edge in favor of Manny - and the reason this fight is so attractive - but if anyone can beat Mayweather, it's Manny Pacquiao!

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