Clearing up misconceptions regarding Pacquiao vs. Mayweather

By Boxing News - 08/13/2012 - Comments

Image: Clearing up misconceptions regarding Pacquiao vs. MayweatherBy Hector Gonzalez: The main reason why the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao debate is so jaded; who deserves the bigger purse, to who is going to win, to who is scared of who, is because of much misinformation being spread online. Some perspectives need to be reevaluated. I thought I’d clear up some misconceptions about Manny Pacquiao in regards to his upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather.

1.) Pacquiao deserves at the very least a 60/40 split with PPV sales.

First and foremost, Manny Pacquiao is an international icon. He’s not only a champion but also a symbol to many people of the world. By far, the revenue that he has brought to boxing cannot by quantified except to say that when professional boxing was dying, Pacquiao literally revitalized it and made it profitable again. If a person were to ask ANY true professional boxing commentator, “who does boxing need more Mayweather or Pacquiao”? Any serious commentator would easily tell you Pacquiao- he brought a whole new sector to the boxing market and perhaps the most exciting fighter in the last 20 years. He is sponsored by Nike, No Fear and HP and has accomplished it with the help of Bob Arum who is an outdated promoter. Mayweather has accomplished his fortune with the help of Oscar De La Hoya, Richard Schaefer, Al Haymond, and 50 Cent.

2.) Mayweather’s undefeated record is hardly a factor.

Joe Calzaghe retired as an undefeated fighter. It’s nothing new! Julio Cesar Chavez has the best boxing record in the last 100 years. Neither of them made a 10th of the revenue that Mayweather has made. It’s about business, and what it comes down to is who is bringing the revenue into the fight, not who has the better record. For example, if 70% of the people who paid to see Pacquiao vs Mayweather paid solely to see Manny Pacquiao or to see Manny Pacquiao beat Mayweather, then how does that make Mayweather earn 160 million dollars of revenue while Pacquiao only gets 40 Million dollars?

3.) Mayweather did not sale 1.5 million PPV sales against Cotto, but Pacquiao did sale 900k PPV sales against Bradley.

Mayweather is attributed to selling 1.5 million PPV sales against Cotto, as if Miguel Cotto does not have a strong allegiance of Puerto Rican boxing fans who are paying to see him. People need to pay closer attention and listen to HBO analyst Jim Lampley’s comment during the Saul Alvarez/ Shane Mosley fight when he says “Saul Alvarez is also to credit for PPV sales as he is loved by Mexican Fans”. Pacquiao in the other hand fought Bradley who has NO PPV sales, and no strong undercard and yet sold 900k PPV sales.
4.) The “Marquez wrote the blue print on how to beat Pacquiao” comment is naïve.

For and foremost, Marquez did in my opinion beat Pacquiao in 2004—but guess what? That’s Marquez, considered one of the best combination punchers of all time. From 2004 to 2012 very little has changed in the match ups between Pacquiao vs Marquez, in other words, their fights have all been very close in all of their 3 fights. The only fighter that was able to truly use some elements of the ‘blueprint’ by Marquez was Erik Morales one of the greatest fighters in boxing and a true living legend. Miguel Cotto, Oscar De La Hoya, Barrera (another all time great), Margarito, Hatton, Mosley; none of them where able to execute ‘the blueprint’, that’s because quite frankly, it doesn’t exist. Only Marquez has that ability, it doesn’t mean that another fighter does. Part of that ‘blueprint’ means being dropped in the first round, having your nose broken, and being able to finish the fight and come razor close to winning…. That right there is the ‘blueprint’, if you can name another fighter with that ability… please, I’m all ears!

5.) Why did Sugar Ray Leonard say that Amir Khan had a chance of beating Floyd Mayweather? Styles make fights.

I personally do not believe that Amir Khan would beat Mayweather. Sugar Ray Leonard speculated that Khan had the perfect style to beat Mayweather and here is why. Mayweather is a counter puncher who throws one punch at a time, countering slower punches and at a distance. Khan in the other hand, throws volume punches which means less opportunities to be countered. Of course the logic is theoretical, but assuming that Khan was able to take Mayweather’s counter punches, one could easily visualize how a fast volume puncher could give Mayweather problems…. Now imagine a high volume puncher, granite chin, south paw stance, and KO power in every punch—that’s the danger that Manny Pacquiao would bring to Mayweather.

6.) “Ortiz just walked through Mayweather’s best punches, If I was Floyd, I would very concerned”- Emmanuel Stewart, HBO PPV live during Mayweather vs Ortiz fight

The best way to visualize the best possible outcome to the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight, is to take note on how Ortiz, even though he was being hit flush with the straight right, he was still able to push Mayweather back including the ability to walk through Mayweather’s punches and also land the right hook. It’s almost a certainty that Pacquiao would be able to eventually push Mayweather back and throw volume punches unlike Mayweather has ever seen.

7.) If there is a boxing commentator that people should really be paying attention to is Roy Jones Jr.

This is what Roy Jones Jr had to say regarding Mayweather vs Pacquiao.

“The young Roy Jones Jr. Would probably beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. because basically Floyd Mayweather and James Toney fight with the same style. My style is a little different than their style. But when you come back and start talking about Manny Pacquiao, he’s a whole different animal. He’s a southpaw who throws bombs. You have to survive his power first, then deal with him. “ – Roy Jones Jr., DBoxing Source

8.) The $40 Million offer to Pacquiao.

Many people say that Manny Pacquiao should take $40million offer that Mayweather offered him because supposedly “That’s the most money that Pacquiao will ever make in one fight.” What an ingenious statement. If they were to fight and they were to split the money in half, both making $100 million each, that’s the most that Mayweather would make in a single fight as well. Isn’t Mayweather walking away from the possibility of making 100million, more then he has ever made as well?

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