We’ve been waiting for years for it to happen but finally on May 2nd, Floyd Mayweather will face Manny Pacquiao in the richest fight of all time. The fight has been continually delayed for the past six years but now the pair will face each other to decide who the best pound-for-pound boxer is in the world.
Why the Delay?
It was back in December 2009 that ESPN reported that a contract had been signed for a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in March of the following year. One of the biggest disputes that has delayed this fight for so long has been Mayweather’s call for Pacquiao to undergo Olympic-style drug testing. Something the Pacquiao camp have always found to be a laughing matter and something they had no concerns about. His adviser at the time, Michael Koncz said: “Our reaction is ‘so what?’ We know Manny doesn’t take any illegal drugs or anything…. it’s a joke. It’s a laughing matter.”
On December 22, 2009, Golden Boy Promotions sent out a press release saying Pacquiao was unwilling to comply with the drug-testing requeted. The following day Bob Arum from Top Rank declared the fight was off. The arguments between the two camps continued with Pacquiao filing a law suit against Mayweather claiming they’d made false and defamatory statements accusing him of taking performance-enhancing drugs. A confidential settlement of the law suit ws reached in September 2012.
Both boxers took on other fights in 2010 and again it looked as if the pair might face each other in the ring, this time in November 2010. In September of that year, Mayweather insulted Pacquiao in an online rant describing him as a “little young chump”, “a midget” and some homophobic insults. Mayweather apologized the following day for his comments.
The rows continued and Mayweather didn’t fight again until September 2011 and it wasn’t to be against Pacquiao. In 2013 Mayweather said it was Pacquiao’s association with Bob Arum that was preventing the fight happening. The insults continued into 2014 with Mayweather describing Pacquiao a a “desperate dog” chasing a match due to his tax problems. Pacquiao even challenged Mayweather to a fight with all money going to charity declaring: “Let’s do it not for the sake of money. Let’s make the boxing fans happy.”
Finally in December of last year, Mayweather proposed a May 2015 showdown. Again he insulted Pacquiao saying he’s “not on his level.” On January 27, 2015, Mayweather and Pacquiao finally met each other face to face at an NBA basketball game and exchanged phone numbers. After further negotiations the mega fight was finally confirmed on February 20 and it’s believed the fight could generate more than $300m.
Everyone who loves betting on boxing is going to have some kind of gamble on this fight. When betting on boxing you need to do some research, so let’s take a look back at the career to date of Floyd Mayweather.
In his amateur career, Mayweather won a Bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics, though many dispute his loss in the semi-finals. Later that year he made his pro debut fighting in the super featherweight division defeating Roberto Apacado in two rounds.
Over the next two years he built up an unbeaten run of 17 straight wins and in October 1998 he won his first world title when defeating Genaro Hernandez to win the WBC Super Featherweight title. He kept hold of that title for the next four years before in 2002 he moved up in weight to win the WBC Lightweight title from Jose Luis Castillo. Three years later he became a three-weight champion when he took the WBC Light Welterweight belt from Arturo Gatti. His rise through the weights continued with the IBF Welterweight title won from Zeb Judah in 2006. Later in the year he added the WBC version of the title when he became the first boxer in eight years to beat Carlos Manuel Baldomir.
By now Mayweather was a superstar and in May 2007 he again moved up in weight as he took on Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC Light Middleweight title. In a classic fight, Mayweather came out on top but only on a split decision.
Mayweather retired after that fight and never defended his Light Middleweight title but he was still the Welterweight champion. In 2007 as boxers do, he forgot about his retirement and defended his title against Britain’s Ricky Hatton who was also undefeated, though he hadn’t quite met the class of boxer Mayweather had. Mayweather knocked out Hatton in ten rounds and again announced his retirement.
Mayweather didn’t fight again for 21 months and during his retirement he even appeared at WrestleMania beating The Big Show. After two wins and those failed negotiations for a fight with Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather won the WBC Welterweight title from Victor Ortiz. In 2012 he again moved up in weight to take the WBC Light Middleweight title from Miguel Cotto. A month later Mayweather found himself in jail for a domestic violence offence.
Since being freed from jail, Mayweather has had four more fights, winning each of them on points and making a fortune every time he steps in the ring. This year he unified the WBC and WBA Welterweight titles beating Marcos Rene Maidana. Strange judging saw one judge give Mayweather the win by six points while another called it a draw. A rematch took place and Mayweather won a convincing unanimous points decision.
During his teens Manny Pacquiao spent some time living on the streets in the Philippines. He could probably never have imagined the future riches that would come his way. After an amateur record of 60 wins and four defeats, Manny turned professional in 1995 at the age of 16 and he was only 4′ 11″ He boxed in the light flyweight division but admitted later he had to put stones in his pockets o he could make the weight.
He won his first 11 fights before disaster struck when he was knocked out in three rounds by Rustico Terrecampo. Pacquiao had failed to make the weight for the fight and had to wear heavier gloves thus putting him at a disadvantage. Pacquiao bounced back well from his first professional defeat and went on a 15 fight unbeaten run.
In 1997 he won the OPBF Flyweight title and the following year won his first world title as he took the WBC Flyweight title from Chatchai Sasakul. He successfully defended his title twice but then took on Medgoen Singsurat. He lost his title on the scales as he couldn’t make the weight and then lost the actual fight being stopped in the third round.
Pacquiao moved up to the next division winning the IBF Super Bantamweight title in 2001. He had a unification fight with WBO champion Agapito Sanchez but a head butt meant he couldn’t carry on and the fight was declared a draw (remember when betting on boxing it’s always worth having a bet on a draw).
He won his next five fights inside the distance including a titanic win over Marco Antonio Barrera. He then took on Juan Manuel Marquez for his WBA and IBF Featherweight titles. Despite knocking the champion down three times in the first round, the fight ended in a draw. One judge had Pacquiao winning by five points, another him losing by five points! Even worse, the other judge called the fight a draw but later admitted he’d given the first round to Pacquiao 10-7 when it should have been 10-6 because of the three knockdowns.
Next up, Pacquiao avenged his loss to Medgoen Singsurat (who was now known as Fahsan 3K Battery). In 2005 though he suffered another loss, this time on points to Erik Morales. After a comeback win he avenged that defeat, this time stopping Morales in ten rounds to become the WBC International Super Featherweight title. He continued his unbeaten run during which he won a decider against Morales in three rounds and in 2008 beat Marquez to become the WBC Super Featherweight champion and three months later defeated David Diaz for the WBC Lightweight belt.
A busy 2008 ended with one of the biggest wins of his career as he stopped Oscar De La Hoya in eight rounds as he stepped up to the welterweight division. 2009 saw him again beat a Mayweather opponent in more convincing fashion. He dropped down to light-welterweight to destroy Ricky Hatton in two rounds for the IBO Light Welterweight title. Poor Hatton cost fans who loved betting on boxiing a fortune as he was out cold before even hittiing the canvas. Later that year he beat Miguel Cotto to win the WBO Welterweight title. He successfully defended the title against top contenders including a third fight against Marquez.
2012 proved to be a disaster for Pacquiao and a fight against Mayweather began to look like it would never happen. First he was lost his title on a split decision to Timothy Bradley Jr and was then knocked out as he took on his old rival Marquez for the fourth time.
It looked as if Pacquiao’s career was going downhill but since then he’s won three fights including regaining his title from Timothy Bradley Jr and defeating Chris Algieri. Now he finally gets Mayweather in the ring.
Who’s Going to Win?
Betting on boxing is going to go through the roof when these two all-time greats meet in Las Vegas but who will come out on top? Anyone with a financial stake in the bout is already a big winner and they must be hoping for a close match so they can have a lucrative rematch next year.
Mayweather continues to be unbeaten and that’s a big plus. He’s likely to come into the fight a lot heavier than his opponent. He rarely stops anyone these days and seven of his last eight wins have been on points. He has an amazing defence and that could be a tipping point against Pacquaio. Some of his recent wins haven’t been that convincing and against Maidana and Alvarez there was one of the judges calling the fight a draw.
Manny Pacquiao isn’t the boxer he was when negotiations for this fight first began. As you’ve read he’s lost several times in his career including two losses in 2012, one by knockout. His awesome punching doesn’t bring about knock-out wins in the welterweight division. Only Miguel Cotto has been stopped by Pacquiao in this division and that was in the 12th and final round and six years ago.
One problem Pacquiao has had in recent fights is suffering from cramps and his trainer is trying to find ways of stopping that happening. That includes spending $1,800 on anti-inflamatory cream to put on his calves. His workout routine has also been changed and he no longer goes for long runs up hills.
Mayweather is larger and stronger than Pacquiao and that is why I believe he’ll win this fight on points or perhaps a late stoppage.