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Choosing Sides: Team PacMan or Team Money?

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By. Gayle Lynn Falkenthal. APR*

April 29, 2015

Boxing fans waited patiently. OK, not so patiently, but what choice did we have? Now finally, Mayweather versus Pacquiao is nearly here and everyone’s got an opinion. Are you Team Money or Team PacMan?

For the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report, we’ve gathered up the names and quotes from those who have put their own reps on the line and made the call. In the first part of our series, we found out who’s declared for Manny Pacquiao. In part two, we find out who’s on board with The Money Team.

They’re Backing Team Money: Shields, Brook, Khan, Martinez, Marquez, Tarver, Hunter, Garcia, Algieri, Donaire

The last American boxer to win an Olympic Gold Medal in 2012 at the London Games, the Michigan based middleweight went for her fellow American Olympian and Michigan native. When I asked for her opinion via Twitter, she told me,  “Mayweather !!! Majority decision!!! 💪👊👍

Kell Brook: The British IBF welterweight champion wants a shot at whoever wins the fight, and he thinks it will be Mayweather. “Floyd will win convincingly.”

Amir Khan: Another potential Mayweather opponent, Khan thinks Mayweather will win a unanimous decision, but that it’s likely to be a boring fight. Khan told Fight Hype Mayweather’s slick fighting style will give Pacquiao problems, and he sees him winning round with his single pot shots to the head.

Sergio Martinez: The great middleweight champion from Argentina says he believes the fight will be much like Mayweather vs. Arturo Gatti  in 2005, which ended in a sixth round TKO. “This was never too much of a fight to me because Mayweather is in a league of his own.  Floyd Mayweather can have Manny for breakfast, lunch, or anything. Pacquiao is still a long way from being ready for Mayweather.”  

Kell Brook: The British IBF welterweight champion wants a shot at whoever wins the fight, and he thinks it will be Mayweather. “Floyd will win convincingly.”

Amir Khan: Another potential Mayweather opponent, Khan thinks Mayweather will win a unanimous decision, but that it’s likely to be a boring fight. Khan told Fight Hype Mayweather’s slick fighting style will give Pacquiao problems, and he sees him winning round with his single pot shots to the head.

Sergio Martinez: The great middleweight champion from Argentina says he believes the fight will be much like Mayweather vs. Arturo Gatti  in 2005, which ended in a sixth round TKO. “This was never too much of a fight to me because Mayweather is in a league of his own.  Floyd Mayweather can have Manny for breakfast, lunch, or anything. Pacquiao is still a long way from being ready for Mayweather.”  

Juan Manuel Marquez: Mayweather defeated Marquez in 2009; Pacquiao and Marquez have two wins each against each other in their series, with Marquez scoring perhaps the most spectacular victory of his career with a stunning knockout of Pacquiao in 2012. Marquez told GMA Network Online, a Philippines based news organization, “It is difficult to give a conclusion on the result because if the fight (reaches the judges) it will undoubtedly be a unanimous win for Mayweather,” said Marquez. “It’s a big responsibility to say who will win that contest, but if we’re talking in boxing terms Mayweather knows how to handle himself in the ring very well, and even knows how to get an opponent to fight at his pace, and he takes advantage of that,” Marquez said.  

Virgil Hunter: The well-respected trainer is working with possible Mayweather opponent Khan, so he has likely given Mayweather a lot of thought. But in a recent interview, he said he sees the fight split into two halves. If it gets into the sixth round and it’s even, then I give Mayweather the advantage. If it’s the seventh round and Manny has done some damage, then I give him the edge.” Hunter says Pacquiao may be the busier fighter in the ring, but it isn’t enough; he must also be effective.

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Also calling it for Mayweather are Chris Algieri, Danny Garcia, Antonio Tarver, DeMarcus Corley, and boxer and Showtime analyst Paulie Malignaggi. Filipino fighter Nonito Donaire, at one time considered the heir apparent to Pacquiao’s popularity, believe Mayweather will if the fight goes the distance.

Several boxers hedged their bets. British super middleweight champion Carl Froch told Kugan Cassiue of The Fight Guru he thinks the fight might be an anti-climax, a fight where Mayweather outboxes Pacquiao and then hides behind “his tricky defense.” Froch plans to be on hand in Las Vegas.

Whose opinion counts?

You know the saying about opinions: just like other parts of the anatomy that blow hot air, everyone’s got one. I give the most weight to the men who have been in the ring with both fighters – and that boils down to Oscar De La Hoya and Juan Manual Marquez. De La Hoya had a much tougher time with Pacquiao than with Mayweather; he picked Pacquiao. Marquez lost to Mayweather in their only meeting; he’s both won and lost to Pacquiao. No real surprise then that both these great champions picked the man who handed him a bigger defeat to be the victor on May 3.

Forget about the opinion of those boxers beholder to either Showtime or HBO for their livelihood. This isn’t because they are biased by the paycheck; they’ve simply had much better access to the fighter on their own networks and are more familiar with their strengths.

The two opinions that matter to me are the trainers, Beristain and Hunter. Both have nuanced views of this fight, and both give just the slightest edge to Mayweather, but also give Pacquiao a much better chance than the Vegas oddsmakers do. This sums up why this bout is still the most highly anticipated fight boxing has seen since Ali vs. Frazier in 1971. So save up your pennies for that $89.95 PPV.

*Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR is a San Diego-based special contributor to the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report as well as “Ringside Seat” for Communities Digital News http://www.commdiginews.com/category/sports/boxing-sports/

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