The Pacman Wasn’t on the Money: Assessing the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Superfight

This was a fight that almost did not happen. The fight was highly anticipated ever since 2009 but both camps could not come to an agreement with regards to the terms of the fight. Both camps blamed the other for causing talks to stall. There was a lot of drama that occurred before the fight eventually came into fruition. Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao were engaged in a war of words with Mayweather accusing Manny Pacquiao of using Performance Enhancing Drugs and Manny Pacquiao accusing Mayweather of ducking the fight.

Considered by many as “The Fight of the Century, Pacquiao vs Mayweather finally happened on May 2, 2015, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight grossed more than $500 million in terms of ticket and Pay-per-View (PPV) buys and broadcasting deals. With all the hype, the fight failed to live up to expectations as it was clear both fighters were past their prime. Manny Pacquiao missed on a lot of his attempted punches. Mayweather was not as fast as he was in his younger days and spent most of the match ducking and weaving. In the end, Mayweather’s counterpunching and defensive tactics earned him a twelve round decision.

Contrast in Styles

While being two of the best boxers of all time, Pacquiao and Mayweather have a huge contrast in styles. Pacquiao is a southpaw and uses his speed and power to beat foes into submission. The problem with Manny is that the longer the fight goes, the less it is to his favor as he expends too much energy trying to put opponents down for the count. Juan Manuel Marquez beat Pacquiao by prolonging the match and by hitting him when he least expected it. Mayweather is an orthodox and is a master tactician in the ring. Mayweather uses all defensive tactics in his disposal such as ducking, weaving, counterpunching and hugging in order to get the win. The weakness in Mayweather’s seemingly impregnable defense is he is not prolific at blocking jabs. This was an advantage for Manny Pacquiao but he failed to capitalize on this.

For his career, Manny Pacquiao has an 87.87% winning percentage with sixty-six (66) bouts. He has fifty-eight (58) wins, six (6) losses and two (2) draws. Thirty-eight (38) of his wins came via knock-out. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has an immaculate undefeated record with forty-nine (49) wins and zero (0) losses. Twenty-six (26) of his wins came via knock-out.

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