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, boxing trainers give their views on the fight.
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.
Franny Smith – Points win for Mayweather, but I think Manny will push him though.
Billy Nelson – Mayweather points.
Stefy Bull – I’m hoping and I will be cheering for Pacman, but it’s hard to visualise anything but a Mayweather win.
Paul Edwards – I think Mayweather will win on points after getting put down and also putting Pacman down!
Eddy Reynoso (Canelo trainer) – My favorite is Floyd because he has the class and talent. Floyd is a fighter that make the difference in each round. Pacquiao is a warrior, but in the last four fights he seems to be fading. My prediction is Floyd KO!
Buddy McGirt – Mayweather late round stoppage.
Jay Deas (Deontay Wilder trainer) – I like Mayweather by close unanimous decision. People don’t want to believe this but Floyd is a strong, strong guy and mentally tough. He hits harder than you think. If he can’t punch why don’t they run through him? They don’t because he has good sting on his shots. He also forces you to work at a higher intensity level than you want to. He remains calm while you expend a ton of energy. This is why he wears guys down late in the fight. Manny is a great fighter and I think from rounds 1-7 it will be very close and rather tactical, but Floyd will start pulling away late to win it.
Jamie Arthur – Mayweather to win, possibly by stoppage. I think Pacquiao is made for Mayweather.
Jay Shinfield – Mayweather points or Pacman stoppage, but could be a poor fight as well.
Kevin Campion – Mayweather wide points decision.
Stephen ‘Jonsie’ Jones – A great game of chess this one, I can genuinely make a case for each style. But if truth be told I don’t think the shoulder roll defence is enough this time. It doesn’t work particularly well against a southpaw (especially a high-pressure southpaw like Manny) and Floyd might find himself overwhelmed at times here. But then, he is the naturally bigger man, so that will also come into play down the line.
The heart says Manny but the head says Floyd. I just hope it’s a cracker and not a damp squib.
Kevin Barry: I have always liked Mayweather in this match up. Floyd is a master technician with speed, skills and a great defense. He has excellent control of distance and exceptional vision. Manny’s last three opponents, Algieri, Bradley and Rios all Lasted the full twelve rounds, but none would match Floyd for skill. Manny’s most recent losses have been against skillful fighters. Morales in 2005 and Bradley in 2012 who both beat him on points and Marquez who KO’ed Manny in six. We all saw the ease at which Floyd took care of Marquez. Floyd will keep Manny off balance and have an easy points win.
Marco Contreras – Close Fight but leaning to Pacquiao. In his last two fights, he’s won all 24 rounds and Mayweather has struggled in both of his fights.
Abel Sanchez – Difficult first three rounds for Mayweather adjusting to Manny’s speed, but I see Floyd being too ring smart. Manny makes too many mistakes and is a pattern fighter. Floyd will figure him out and win a unanimous DEC-12 by 3 or 4 points.
Bobby Rimmer – I think that as Manny has lost before and Floyd hasn’t, I don’t think it’s Mayweather’s legacy to retire undefeated. The pressure is gonna get to Floyd and its going to show in the fight. Manny is going to be more relaxed, so therefore I’m going with Manny.
Peter Fury – Mayweather points, but not an easy fight. Also could be an upset if Pacquiao uses a good gameplan.
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