World Boxing News have been busy gathering a huge collection of predictions for this weekend’s massive pay-per-view clash between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Personalities from the whole spectrum of the sport have given their input into the poll as we count down the days to the most highly anticipated fight of this generation when two of the best ever collide to finally decide the pound for pound king.
WBC and WBA welterweight champion Mayweather, 38, and 36 year-old WBO title holder Pacquiao lay it all on the line in a $250m blockbuster match-up and below are some of the views given by those from the boxing fraternity.
Stephen Vaughan (Vaughan Boxing) – I think Mayweather will be too clever for him and wins on points.
Carl Greaves (Carl Greaves Promotions) – Mayweather will win on points.
Christian Cherchi (OPI) – I’m going for a Mayweather decision. I think after early trouble, Mayweather will adjust and he will win a close decision.
Dennis Hobson – My heart says Pacman but my head Money man. Pac stands square a lot and will be easy for Mayweather to defend and then counter. I hope he doesn’t make it a bore and I hope it’s a great fight, but it should have happened five or six years ago
Greg Cohen – For years I’ve believed that Floyd would easily outbox Manny and win a lopsided decision, but since the two Maidana bouts my opinion has changed. Manny will put even more pressure on Floyd than Maidana did. He will throw more punches and give more angles as well. Manny’s power is still there and he has the ability to hurt Floyd. This will be the classic battle between the matador and the bull. I believe it will be an entertaining bout where Manny goes for broke and has his moments. Floyd’s defense and counter punching will end up being slightly better than Manny’s offense and that is why I am picking Floyd via close unanimous decision – the matador triumphs again.
Dmitriy Salita (Star of David) – Floyd is the obvious favorite in this fight. I believe that Manny has had some bumps in the road over the last few years and is not in his peak as he was when he beat Cotto and Margarita. But, Manny is a great fighter and under the right circumstances can have a real career-defining night. Combinations and high volume punching can give Floyd problems – which is also Manny’s strength. Freddy Roach is a great trainer and ring tactician he may play a pivotal role in the corner during the fight. But again Floyd is a ring genius second to none and we shall see on May 2nd who can impose their style and ring wits on one another.
Kalle Sauerland – Maywether on PTS UD
Jamie Sanigar – Mayweather points. I think Floyd’s natural size advantage will be significant and he will just be a little too clever for Manny running away with a unanimous point’s decision. As Floyd says ‘easy money.’
Mickey Helliet – Mayweather PTS
Ross Minter – I think Mayweathe will be too slick for Manny Pacquiao and will run all night, tie Pacquiao up on the inside and not let him work. This will actually make a boring fight to watch, but the anticipation and excitement of the build up and the wonder of ‘what if Pacquiao gets close enough and connects to the body and head to tire Mayweather?’ It will make it an electric fight to watch, but a close points win to Mayweather.
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