De La Hoya has no doubts that Mayweather would whip Pacquiao
By Dave Lahr: Boxing great Oscar De La Hoya believes Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0, 25 KO’s) would have too much talent for little Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KO’s) if they were to fight. Speaking on his twitter page, De La Hoya said “There is no doubt in my mind Mayweather beats Pacquiao. Styles make fights. Its called styles. Mayweather will be patient to wait for Manny to make the same mistakes. You see, Manny is fast but Mayweather’s timing is key. I respect Manny and he is great for our sport, but Mayweather’s style will beat anyone if you don’t have a hard fast jab.”
Of course Mayweather would beat Pacquiao. Heck, Pacquiao’s whole game is built around rushing his opponents and throwing a lot of wild shots hoping to land something big. That won’t work against a skilled technician like Mayweather. You can’t take that kind of primitive caveman approach into a fight against a guy like Mayweather and hope to win. Mayweather would literally pick Pacquiao apart and leave him a bloody dripping mess. It would be brutal. When Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has him on a short leash, Pacquiao can fight in a decent manner, but it’s easy to take off the leash and get him back to his primitive style of fighting.
All you got to do is hit Pacquiao hard with something and he reverts back to his crude brawling style of fighting. Even when Pacquiao is following Roach’s instructions to the letter, he’s still pretty easy to figure out. Roach’s main thing is to have his fighters move around in circles, flicking jabs and occasionally attacking. Roach teaches all of his fighters to do the same thing, and it’s pretty easy to overcome this simplistic style. All Mayweather would have to do is wait for Pacquiao to stop running around the ring and then time him when he comes in and tag him in the head every time.