Do you think the boxing world is unfairly asking too much out of Manny Pacquiao?
great question Jon. I think a lot of fans forget that Pac is a very small welterweight. One thing about being a once in a generation talent like Pacquiao is, is that fans constantly demand that they take on the toughest challenges for them. I think, and most fans, think that there is absolutely no one at 140 and below that could even come close to challenging Pacquiao. Bradley, Alexander, Khan, I don't think any of them pose any type of threat to Pacquiao. He would eat their punches like skittles and his punches, in turn, could be "career threatening" to them. Bradley might be a technically better boxer (as most Mayweather fans would claim) than Pac, but how long can he "outbox" Pac until Pac lands 2-3 punches that get him in trouble? In addition to that, who really has been proven in the lighter weights? I see it as a curse to be as once in a generation fighter, fans are always calling for them to prove themselves more so than just "great" fighters. Pac wouldn't get nearly as much respect KO'ing Bradley, Khan, Alexander, Maidana, than he would if he lost to Mayweather. If he stayed at Jr. Welter and took on the best and left a trail of broken boxers, what would fans say? Who "were" these guys? Not future hall of famers. They would claim they were nobodies ten years from now.
As with Mayweather, fans always want them to take on what they perceive to be the most dangerous, and in all honesty, there is no one that would be considered "dangerous" to Pac at 140 and below, yes I think he is THAT good. I feel THAT is why, fans forget that he is a natural jr. welter/lightweight. Even Marquez, I don't feel would pose a threat to him at this point in their careers at the weight that Pac fights at now. Do fans take what he's done for granted? Absolutely. Even I do. Pac could stay at 135, 140 and clean out the division, but wouldn't him facing Mayweather (a naturally bigger guy) or Berto (again, a naturally bigger guy) do more for his legacy and be more dangerous? Absolutely, and that's what champions do. You made a good point, pointing out against Alexander, Bradley or Khan, he would be a 8-1, 10-1 favorite because no one is as quick as him, no one (at the lower weight) punches as hard as he does, and his chin has held up to much bigger fighters, so when he faces the bigger guys, they at least have a advantage. This is why Pac-May has to happen. Mayweather is the only guy that poses a serious threat because he's just as fast, his defense is inpenetrable and he'll have a natural size advantage. Win or lose, he'll get more credit than beating the smaller guys. That, and you'll always have haters who will always find a way to discredit whoever he's faced.
I would say Maidana KO Hatton, but ina much earlier, round, say round 2 or 3. Too big a puncher.
I'd say if Judah is focused, he outboxes Malignaggi. If, however, Judah doesn't have his focus, Malignaggi wins.
Khan would win this fight if he fights on the defensive. Holt, even though he's a counter puncher, has vicious one-punch KO power in either hand. If Khan even slipped up just once, he would be knocked out cold, much the way Ricardo Torres was.
If Lamont Peterson can stay away from exchanges, he can beat Ortiz. However, Ortiz' hand speed is nothing to sneeze at, and i feel that if Peterson strays from his fight game and tries to exchange with Ortiz, Ortiz wins by brutal stoppage in the middle rounds.
Wow, what a match up! Hopkins boxes just like his legendary uncle, which is constantly on the outside. But, I feel that Alexander is the best fighter in the world at 140 pounds at the moment, and because of his skills, I'd feel he'd give Hopkins a boxing lesson at this point in his career, either by wide UD or by late-round stoppage.
If Bradley can fight his fight, which is to stay on the outide, avoid exchanges, fire flurries then quickly move back out harm's way, he will win by UD since he doesn't have KO power. However, if he let's Manny rush in on him, Manny will knock him out in brutal fashion.
There you have it! Great question.
Deep down inside I think you know the real answer.....the fighters you named Timothy Bradley, Shane Mosley, and Sergio Martinez don't generate the type of money Manny Pacqauio fights for or is even worth. Why do a job for 600,000 that you can do for 6 Million with equal risk.
Shane Mosley isn't that markable and one would have to question putting him in a Pay Per View after over a Million fans just seen him get schooled for 10 rounds in his last outing.
Style has a lot to do with the matching making of Manny Pacqauio as well as much as fans might not want to admit it he's benefited from careful matching making just as much as Floyd Mayweather has. Its no coincidence that Manny Pacqauio hasn't fought anybody with Boxing ability since Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto has some Boxing ability but thats not the type of game he tired and once he started to box it really deteriorated into running because he was hurt.
Andre Berto, Timothy Bradley, and Sergio Martinez are all tough fighters with the ability to beat Manny Pacquiao on any giving night NOT SAYING THEY WILL but they can. Manny doesn't want that type of risk he'd rather fight Mayweather and cash out just as Floyd is looking to do the same.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao poll, Boxing Monthly magazine, your thoughts?
Dave, assuming they dont fight we will never know. Just like on this forum, people are entitled to their opinions. I remember Stewart favoring Hatton to win against Manny and he said it convincingly "That's why there are weight divisions, to separate big men from the boys" My brothers agreed, i for one insisted it would be all Pacquiao. Though i won that one, i will never ever think im in Emmanuel Stewart's level or even near. Not that time, not tomorrow, not ever
Buster Douglas was 49 -1 , Evander 38 -1, Lennox 27 -1 underdogs all against Iron Mike and we all know what happened.
Not many people thought Manny can win against Marco Antonio,he was 6 -1 against the odds and Pac just annihilated and humiliated Barrera that time.
Its a sure sellout crowd if ever these 2 pound for pound kings and a lot of people will be surprised ..no "shock" is more appropriate if ever they bet on the wrong side. Im honestly rooting for Manny a little on this one and id be damn shocked whatever the result will be
I think that fight killed boxing, it was a horrible decision. I think the only thing that can save boxing now is Mayweather vs Pacquiao, but even after that, there will be nothing else to look forward to in boxing.
MY THOUGHTS ARE WHAT WAS THE IDIOT SO CALLED GETTING BRIVED POOR EXCUSE FOR JUDGES THINKING PACQUIAO WON AT LEAST 10 ROUNDS HOW CAN YOU BE SO DUMB JUDGES BOXING IS DEAD TO ME I MIGHT AS WELL WATCH WWE...excuse the caps but its how I feel lol