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.
In this edition, ring announcers and officials give their opinions.
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.
John McDonald – I would love the Pacman to win, but my head tells me Money wins. This could be a Mexican stand off though and a stinker. Money on points.
Lupe Contreras – Conventional wisdom has me leaning towards Mayweather by decision. I know that’s the safe bet, but God knows I’ve doubted Manny before and he’s made me look like a fool.
Phil Seymour – I’m predicting a Mayweather points win by five rounds.
Joe A. Martinez – Mayweather KO win.
Thomas Treiber – I’m going with Mayweather on a decision win.
Tuukka Koistinen – If we see the Mayweather from the first Maidana bout I would say Pacquiao on points, but Mayweather has a tendency NOT to do the same mistake twice. Also, the ref Kenny Bayless’s role is a question mark? How much does he allow Pacman to fight inside (which is his only key to victory more or less)?
Many of Mayweather’s previous opponents accepted their defeat before the final bell after noticing that their efforts in the ring didn’t really lead anywhere. This time he is facing a guy with a submachine gun to whom surrender is not an option. However, Mayweather should be able to counter with his sniper rifle enough to win a majority of the rounds. They both are fighting for their legacy and therefore I predict that we will see a lot of action until the final bell. Mayweather WPTS 12.
Richard Steele – I believe that Floyd is too fast and too big. Mayweather will win.
Ian John Lewis – I lean towards Mayweather as his slippery skills are second to none. He takes it on points or late stoppage for me, but saying that, Pacquiao with his high workrate, angles and his southpaw stance will give Mayweather all the trouble he can handle.
CJ Ross – Pacquiao has weaker legs, his timing is off and he has lost before. He has the heart though and might be able to hold out in the early rounds, but I don’t see it going past the eighth. Mayweather KO.
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