There is less than two weeks left till, so called, The Fight Of The Century, which has been expected yet for almost ten years. On May 2, on the ring of MGM Grand Garden Arena will step up the P4P Nr. 1 boxer in the world, unbeaten for nineteen years, The American Floyd "Money" Mayweather, 38, and only eight division world champion in the history of boxing, The Philippino star, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, 36.
For the media ecxitement this fight can be compared only with the very few fights in the history of boxing. This list can be counted by the fights as; Rumble In The Jungle, on October 30, 1974, in Kinshasa, Zaire, between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. The third fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, called Thrilla In Manila, on October 1, 1975, in Philippines. And, probably, the fight which took place in Vegas on April 6, 1987, for the undisputed middleweight title, between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard. The fight on June 8, 2002, in Memphis, Tennesee, between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson, didn't shock the media world up that much, because many observers around the world could predict the very short end of Tyson, who' s time run out by that date. If we are talking about the money incomes, then no fights can be compared with what Floyd and Manny will make of this, and I am sure that it will take a long time before that kind of wages will come true in any sport!
Floyd Mayweather. His last defeat came being him an amateur, in 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Since then Floyd has the professional record of 47(26 KO)-0! He is concidered as one of the best ever defensive fighters. By now he is the owner of WBA Super and WBC belts in welterweight, and WBC light-middleweight belt. He has been the champion in five different weight divisions, from 130 lb till 154 lb. Floyd has the speed and the power, but he never tries to be agressive since the beginning. He prefers to box from the defence, inviting the opponent on himself and then counterpunch, or сounterattacking, but then clinching or moving away. Mayweather doesn't like too busy pressure on himself, how it happen in the first fight against Maidana. He is trying to escape of that and be in advance, like in the fight against Canelo Alvarez.
Manny Pacquiao. Suffered the very heavy knockout loss from Juan Manuel Marquez, on December 2012. Since then had three confident wins and returned as WBO welterweight champion. Manny' s record is 57(38 KO)-5(2 KO)-2. The southpaw, which is the sample of ideal harmony of speed and power, as we could see in the fights against Hatton and Cotto. The only one, who captured the world titles in eight different weight divisions, from 112 lb till 154 lb! Manny can move and counterattack from the defence as good as blow from the both hands in the attack. But prefers to go forward. By starting to spin up, Manny often gets opened, which costed him dear in the last Marquez' s fight!
PREDICTION: There is held perception that this fight comes too late. That both fighters are nearly 40, that they should have this meeting about 7 or 8 years ago. I disagree! I am sure that this is the right time for them! They both are mature, maximum experienced and concentrated. And they both are on the final straight, after this they could hang the gloves up, and, probably, they will. In which I am not so sure, that the fight will be as exciting as we all expect it to be. There is too far deferent styles. Mayweather has more chances to get the point victory than Pacquiao. Will Manny knock Floyd out? Its hard to imagine. I wonder that very possible could be the draw. But even then I don't think that there will come the rematch. Be honest, I am on Pacman' s side, but I would bet 60/40 on Floyd!
On the same bill, two-time Olympic Champion, The Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko, will try to defend his WBO featherweight belt against The Puerto-Rican, Gamalier Rodriguez.