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Mayweather uses movement to defeat Maidana; is Pacquiao next?

Floyd Mayweather Jr Manny Pacquiao Marcos Rene MaidanaBy Ivan Godfrey: The self proclaimed the best every [TBE] WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) defeated Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) as you all know last Saturday night in winning by a 12 round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was disappointed with the manner Mayweather fought in. However, that is what he does to get the win and secure his boxing immortality.

Mayweather ran all across the ring, making for a dull encounter in my opinion. Not once did he step towards Maidana. It would have been quite interesting to see what would have happened if Maidana simply stood his ground at some stages in the fight. Would Mayweather have moved towards him to engage? Who knows?

Despite the running there is no question that Mayweather won the fight. However, I am glad I did not have to pay to watch it over here in the UK. I believe Mayweather is one of the greatest fighters of all time, but I simply do not enjoy watching his fights. It is impossible to deny his greatness.

For me the Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight is one that needs to take place for Mayweather to continue claiming to be the best ever. I would give the edge to Pacquiao in the fight. As for me, based on their last two performances, Pacquiao has deteriorated at a lesser rate than Mayweather. However, I foresee it to be a very even contest and an exciting one at that. Pacquiao has the edge in hand speed and Mayweather the edge in general ring craft. I believe Mayweather lacks the power to KO Pacquiao with his counters and Pacquiao will close the ring down far more effectively than the likes of Maidana and Robert Guerrero did with his head movement. Once on the inside I believe Pacquiao wins hands down.

The boxing world needs the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. It would be pay-per-view in most countries around the world and the excitement it would generate would be brilliant for the popularity of the sport. I found it interesting that Mayweather even addressed the Pacquiao issue at all in the post fight interview and this gives me hope.

Pacquiao will take care of business against Chris Algieri first in their fight on November 22nd in Macao, China. I believe Pacquiao will do it in a far more entertaining manner as far as most casual boxing fans will see it.

I hope that both of these elite boxers, Mayweather and Pacquiao, will compromise on what they need to in order to set up a fight which will potentially secure their names among the very best who have laced up the gloves.

Rivalries are what makes sports intriguing. In tennis it was McEnroe – Borg and boxing needs this ultimate rivalry. PLEASE make it happen, Mayweather, Pacquiao, Bob Arum, Santa Claus, who ever else is involved. I`m sure you’re all reading. We, the fans, the ones who fill your wallet, need it.


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