A penny for their thoughts – gnarled yet wily old pros, ex-opponents and buddies have been dropping the dime on Floyd and Manny.
HBO transmitted a special program with legends as guests. No second guessing George Foreman, Lennox Lewis and Bernard Hopkins plus a plentitude of others.
Fascinating two-way conversational exchanges between Shane Mosley and Oscar de la Hoya, with both boxers analyzing MayPac. Mosley faced Mayweather in 2010, losing by unanimous decision, even though he was able to land a terrific shot on the “Money” in the second round. One year later he would receive an authentic and sterner lesson from Manny Pacquiao.
“Both boxers will give everything, but I think Mayweather possesses the resources for defeating Pacquiao. I am choosing Floyd as winner,” said Shane.
Oscar fought Mayweather in 2007, handily winning the first rounds of the fight, but then Floyd pulled away to win by split decision. In December 2008, Oscar was facing to Pacquiao, who was climbing two weight categories. Manny’s speed increasingly befuddled the “Golden Boy” during 8 rounds.
Oscar mused: ” My heart is with Manny, but my head says Floyd. Pacquiao loves to fight, something that Mayweather doesn’t.”
Another current pupil of Roach, Miguel Cotto, lost to Manny Pacquiao by TKO in the 11th after being knocked down in round 3 and 4. In 2012 he achieved a magnificent performance against Mayweather, but he still lost on points.
The Puerto Rican fighter also expressed his sympathies for Manny: ” I think it will be a rough fight. I’m not choosing anyone, but I think that Pacquiao´s speed could be determining. The mental factor will also be key.”
Ricky Hatton crowded the MGM with lots of True Brit fans in 2007 for his fight against Floyd Mayweather. Both fighters arrived undefeated. The pinpoint, needling, needle sharp precision of the American fighter proved superior. All ended with Hatton TKO’d in the 10th round.
In May 2nd , 2009, Hatton, suffered a devastating knockout in the 2nd round courtesy of Manny’s ballistic left hook.
“Mayweather has the capacity to adapt to every style, I think he will do just that with Manny. I believe Floyd will win,” Was the no nonsense Mancunian quip of Ricky.
Juan Manuel Marquez, ring nemesis of Manny Pacquiao, knows him better than most With a draw, 2 close losses and an impressive victory by KO.
Mayweather, on the other hand, had a handsome victory over Juan Manuel during their fight in 2009. Marquez briefly but painfully visited the canvas in the 2nd round. “Money” only needed one fight to prove he was the victor.
“Floyd is the favorite, he’s more intelligent and has a great defense plus counter punching skills. Manny will need to penetrate his defense to glean winning options,” Marquez astutely observed.