Floyd Mayweather Jr. Vs. Manny Pacquiao
January 16, 2011: On his Twitter account just recently, Oscar dela Hoya tweeted “There is no doubt in my mind Mayweather will beat Pacquiao. Styles make fights.” Strong words from a guy who lost to Mayweather via split decision then lost to Pacquiao via a technical knockout. On May of 2007, dela Hoya and Mayweather fought the full twelve rounds which ended with Mayweather escaping with a split decision victory. It was a close and competitive fight. It could have gone the other way. A lot of boxing fans in fact believe that dela Hoya should have had his hands raised at the end of the fight. 19 months later, dela Hoya faced off against Filipino phenom Manny Pacquiao. It was a totally different story compared to when Oscar fought Mayweather. Pacquiao battered dela Hoya for eight rounds. Before the start of the 9th round, dela Hoya and his team realized they had suffered enough and that there is no point to continue fighting. dela hoya quit on his stool. dela Hoya-Mayweather was an almost even fight. dela Hoya-Pacquiao was a massacre. You should have seen dela Hoya's face by the end of the fight. It was a total mess. Reconfigured by Pacquiao's fists. For a good amount of time, dela Hoya experienced being not too good looking.
Oscar may be right in saying Pacquiao will lose to Mayweather if they face off. But then again he may be wrong. If Oscar tweeted instead that Pacquiao will beat Mayweather, he could be right. He could also be wrong. This is what makes the sport of boxing interesting. You think you know what you are going to get but you will end up getting the very opposite of it. Take for instance the upcoming bout between Pacquiao and Shane Mosley on May 7. Most people are saying Mosley has next to nothing chance of getting a victory over Pacquiao. Some people disagree and that includes me. Yes, I do believe that Shane Mosley has good chances of pulling the upset. I am not going to be surprised if he'll knock Pacquiao out during the first half of the fight.
You know what's surprising? When dela Hoya tweeted that there is no doubt in his mind Mayweather will beat Manny Pacquiao. He is 100% certain that Mayweather will come up on top. Come on Oscar, after getting mauled by Pacquiao and quitting because you can't take anymore of his assaults, the least you can do is give the man his credit. He made you quit. Nobody has ever made you quit before. You've been knocked out before but that is nothing compared to quitting. Give the man his due. If you have the time, do write another tweet and say that Pacquiao has a chance of winning even if it's 1% compared to Mayweather's 99%.
dela Hoya was right when he said “styles make fights”. Look at the great champions of yesterday. They had styles. Look at the great champions of today. They have styles. Mayweather has a style that has made him one of the best fighters of this era. He is unbeaten because he has a style that enables him to be unbeaten. What dela Hoya is wrongly implying however is that Pacquiao has no style. That is why he 100% believes Pacquiao is gonna lose to Mayweather. This is understandable because of most fight fans' understanding that “a boxer with a style” is one who is a defensive and slick boxer. The likes of Mayweather, Bernard Hopking, Juan Manuel Marquez, etc.. But Pacquiao has a style albeit an offensive one. A style that could probably be able to break through Mayweather's defensive style.
I do believe as well that Mayweather has what it takes to beat Pacquiao. But unlike dela Hoya, I have my doubts. Pacquiao also has what it takes to pull off an upset. The odds are 60:40 for me in favor of Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
Let's keep hoping though that Manny and Floyd finally get in the same ring soon and have all these questions answered once and for all.
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