Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/2/15
Boxing: Saturday, May 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm (MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas)
The Line: Mayweather -200/ Pacquiao +175-- Over/Under: 11.5 rounds See the Latest Odds
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao meet next Saturday in Las Vegas, which will be one of the biggest fights of all-time.
Mayweather really needs no introduction, as he brings in a 47-0 record with 26 knockouts and is widely considered one of the best boxers ever in the sport. Mayweather has an extremely high boxing IQ, as he rarely makes mistakes and doesn’t play into what his opponent wants to do. Mayweather has no problem sitting back and playing elite level defense, as he picks his spots and sometimes plays not to lose. Mayweather is always in defensive mode and almost never opens himself up for his opponent to land that big hit. Fighting Mayweather can be very frustrating for impatient fighters and his style can wear you down. However, Mayweather has never really had to overcome adversity in a fight, as he’s dominated much of his career. This will be Mayweather’s 11th straight time fighting at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
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Pacquiao heads into this fight with a 57-5 record that includes 38 knockouts. Pacquiao has split his last six last fights and is probably a true underdog since his fight against Oscar De La Hoya in 2008. Although he’s not as scary as he once was, Pacquiao is a speed and power machine, as he’s super aggressive and never stops throwing punches. Pacquiao’s reckless style could be his downfall against a smart boxer such as Mayweather, but his aggressiveness could be what wins him the fight, as not many boxers have the ability to land as many punches as him. Defensively, Pacquiao has improved since his losses and has shown more patience and technique as of late. Six of Pacquiao’s last eight fights have been at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
Everybody is going with Mayweather simply because he’s undefeated and has won majority of his fights without much of an issue. However, if any fighter can give him fits and land enough punches to win, it’s Pacman. There’s a reason Mayweather waited years to finally get this fight done, as he waited for Pacquiao to decline and show some weakness.
This is more of a toss-up fight to me, as Mayweather is Mayweather, but Pacquiao brings a lot to the table that could be challenging for the champ.
Either way I think we see a rematch because there’s too much money involved. But if forced to pick, I’m going to side with the plus money and Pacquiao. If any fighter can put a black eye on the record, it’s Pacman, so the plus money is worth the value.