Pacquiao/Mayweather: The “True” Super Fight
By Shawn Holt: In past years, the Welterweights have had a long list of great fighters. Names like Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, & Thomas Hearns are only a few. In recent years though, Floyd Mayweather, and Manny Pacquiao have commanded the spotlight. The debate on whether these two fighters will ever square off in the ring or not, intrigues boxing fans worldwide. Here is what I think it’ll take to make this super fight a reality.
Mayweather defeating Victor Ortiz
Undefeated Floyd Mayweather, and WBC Welterweight champion, Victor Ortiz are set to battle on September 17, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Floyd is an 8 to 1 favorite against the young southpaw. Ortiz, 29-2-2 (22), won’t be a walk in the park. Especially if Floyd fights like he said he will. Mayweather stated “I will stand and fight Ortiz”. I’m not sure he’ll stay with this game plan though, seeing as Shane Mosley easily changed Floyd’s mind in the second round of their bout. Causing Mayweather to revert back to what he knows best. Defensive fighting. Victor will be their to fight, since all of his opponents hit the canvas at least once. If Floyd loses to Ortiz, not only does he lose his beloved zero, but he may lose some marketability too. Not to mention fight fans wouldn’t want Pacquiao/Mayweather anymore, but Pacquiao/Ortiz.
Pacquiao defeating JMM
On November 12 also at MGM Grand Las Vegas, old rivals Manny Pacquiao, and Juan Manual Marquez will meet in the center of the ring. The two first met on May 8, 2004 at MGM Grand Las Vegas, with the WBA Super Featherweight title, and the IBF Featherweight title on the line. Marquez went down three times in the first round, but held his own throughout the fight. These brave warriors would fight to a draw. If Manny lost, his legacy would be slightly dented. Any “super fight” talks would die that night. No one would want a Mayweather/Marquez rematch, seeing as how unsatisfying the first fight was. If Marquez lost, it would be an ideal time for the future hall of famer to retire. Capping off a long & colorful career. Either way expect Pacquiao/Marquez III to be an all action brawl to the finish!
Manny Pacquiao agreeing to drug tests
Recently Manny Pacquiao has agreed to random drug testing, just not by the USADA. According to Top Rank promoter, Bob Arum, “In the Pacquiao camp we have agreed to random drug testing, done by a responsible, neutral organization” said Arum. He also went on to say “We don’t believe USADA (United States Anti Doping Agency) is a neutral organization”.
Floyd Mayweather vs Victor Ortiz: In this fight I see Floyd winning by unanimous decision. Victor will have his moments, winning a few rounds here and there. He may even hurt Mayweather once or twice, but Floyd will adjust.
Manny Pacquiao vs JMM
I see this bout ending by decision, or mid to late KO. I have Pacquiao winning this fight, but it won’t be an easy win. I’m predicting a brawl reminiscent of their first fight.
Shawn Holt is a writer for Boxingasylum.com. You can contact him on Twitter (ShawnotheAsylum), and Facebook (Shawn Holt)