Boxing fans are an unforgiving bunch, perhaps rightfully so. With the prospect of a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao mega-fight dangling as an elusive prize for years only to chronically dissipate, it’s hard to garner any excitement for what is likely an end during negotiations.
Even so, fans will always be willing to engage in what may forever be a fantasy match-up. One man who offers an interesting perspective on the match-up is veteran boxer, Shane Mosley who fought both Mayweather and Pacquiao in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Suffering a loss against both fighters, Mosley understands the “pick ‘em” nature of the proposed fight, considering the pedigree of both fighters.
“I lean towards Mayweather because he’s maybe a little sharper, but anything is possible in a boxing match. Pacquiao is a great fighter and a great competitor. [Pacquiao] does have good speed, good power; Mayweather also has good speed and good power. A lot of people don’t think he hits as hard, but he does have good power the way he throws his punches.”
Although Mosley is quick to praise both fighters, it’s clear that he sees Mayweather succeeding in the match-up; however, it isn’t the undefeated fighter’s defense that will ultimately secure him the victory over the Filipino phenom. “Floyd has the power to hurt [Manny]. Floyd has good…underrated power. He likes to make people come to him, and when he hits them they feel it,” says Mosley.
With permeating nearly every media outlet about the Pacquiao, Mayweather, and even the Cotto camps recently, it is clear that sports enthusiasts are still clamoring for Pacquiao and Mayweather to face-off. Even so, the fans are hesitant with their excitement, especially as Pacquiao’s end of the month deadline quickly approaches.