Does Pacquiao have the experience to beat Mayweather?
By John Simmons: So far the general conception is that Manny will beat Floyd Mayweather Jr and maybe knock him out, Manny Pacquiao fans are saying Manny indeed does stand a chance against Floyd Mayweather. Whatever the outcome the question needs to be asked does Manny Pacquiao have the resume at Welterweight to back it up.
Manny first made welterweight for Oscar De La hoya where he bought Oscar down to a lower weight Manny managed to come up from 134 to 142 to face Oscar de la hoya but Oscar had to come down from 154 to 145 to see the fight happen a weight drained Oscar De La Hoya found the going to tough and retired in the ring.
Manny’s second fight at welterweight was against Miguel Cotto a great win that saw him stop Cotto in the 12th round with 2 minutes to go on the clock. Manny then turned his attention to Joshua Clottey a good fighter but a fighter that hadn’t beaten any great fighters at Welterweight and Manny again took another expected win, although Manny technically was a welterweight he fought Margarito for the Super Welterweight title so this cannot be counted.
As Manny returned to Welterweight he faced the aging Shane Mosley a fighter that was already beaten badly by Floyd Mayweather Junior some 2 years before hand but this would serve as a good apprenticeship for Manny and his power. Although Manny couldn’t stop Shane Mosley he immediately turned his attention to an old foe in Manuel Marquez this time at Welterweight many are not sure why Manny chose to face Marquez at Welterweight for a title defence when there were some great welterweights already in the division waiting for a shot.
After beating Marquez a second time Manny rather than choosing to fight an established Welterweight again bought a Super Lightweight fighter up from his weight and went about campaigning for the fight, again over looking many fighters already at welterweight this time it didn’t go so good with the former lightweight beating Manny on points.
Manny although not happy with his current loss at welterweight against the lightweight Bradley chose to make a return immediately and fight Marquez for a crazy 4th time this didn’t go so well for Manny he was Ko’d half way through the fight by a perfectly times right hand. With his pride spent and questions of doubt around Manny’s future Manny knew the time was right to make amends instead of having a tune up fight against a welterweight Manny chose to bring another lightweight fighter up from his division in Brandon Rios, Manny again triumphed with an easy points win over Rios. Manny campaigned again to get his WBO title back off Timothy Bradley now a three fight campaigner at Welterweight and Manny reigned supreme beating Bradley on all judges cards.
Although many fans wanted a super fight Manny made it clear now wasn’t the time to face a welterweight again overlooking the welterweight division Manny bought another lightweight fighter up for his first welterweight fight in Chris Algieri. Manny again reigned supreme against another lightweight knocking Algieri down an amazing 6 times to cruise to a point’s decision.
The fact that Manny hasn’t faced any quality or even natural Welterweights at the welterweight division hasn’t swayed anyone in believing Manny can actually pull of this assault on the world’s best Welterweight in Floyd Money Mayweather. Although Mayweather is an established welterweight many fans have clamored to his side in believing the hype is real that their man is not just a great fighter but a great welterweight as well.
In May 2 we will find out if Manny has what it takes to beat not only his first natural welterweight since an aging Shane Mosley but also the greatest Welterweight of the modern times the undefeated WBC WBA Super Welterweight and welterweight champion in Floyd Mayweather.
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