5 Quick Takeaways from Mayweather vs Pacquiao

5 Quick Takeaways from Mayweather vs Pacquiao

Published On May 4, 2015 | By Peter Moss | Boxing News

5 Quick Takeaways from Mayweather vs Pacquiao

5 Quick Takeaways from Mayweather vs Pacquiao

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What did you think about Mayweather vs. Pacquiao? Some say it was underwhelming. Some say it was a great performance. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. Here is my two-cents in the form of 5 quick hitters.

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Mayweather’s Performance

Even at 38 years old Floyd Mayweather is still at the absolute top of his game. What he has lost in speed (and I’m not positive he has lost anything in that category) he has more than made up for it with sheer intelligence. There is no part of the ring Floyd Mayweather is uncomfortable in. It seems as if the full effect of his dismantling of 8 division champion Manny Pacquiao will not be realized until the near future. Manny Pacquaio was deemed as Mayweather’s bogey man, striking fear in his heart every time his name was mentioned. To put it simply, Pacquiao was outmatched in every way possible.

The Ability of Floyd Mayweather

There is nothing Mayweather has not seen in the ring. To be perfectly honest, I seriously thought the speed of Manny would trouble Floyd. Not only did it not trouble Floyd, but the precise punching of Mayweather made Pacquiao put his hands in his pockets for most of the fight. If you would have told me that Floyd would throw more punches than Manny I would have laughed in your face. Also surprising was the fact that Floyd pushed the pace of the fight for the majority of the evening. It is usually his counter punching that stymies opponents, but Floyd was VERY comfortable being first and dictating.

Manny’s Performance

Manny did not seem to be as aggressive. Conventional wisdom says that if a fighter is not as aggressive as he typically there is a very clear reason; that reason being that he is being hit with shots while trying to unload his own offense. I didn’t get that sense in this fight. It almost seemed as if he was trying to conserve energy. Or maybe his shoulder was truly injured. We will never know the true answer. I saw a many that was very passive and hesitant to throw that night

Floyd’s Body Work

Floyd still managed to do some pretty good body work. That is one of the things I was watching closely. I wanted to see if Floyd would take the risk of stepping in to deliver his signature jab to the gut. He absolutely did. That not only speaks to his skill level, but also his confidence.

Manny’s Interview

I Must say that I was extremely shocked and a little disappointed by Manny Pacquiao’s post fight interview. First by saying that Mayweather didn’t do anything, and secondly by him saying that he won the fight. All I can say that we are all human and we all make mistakes. Besides, he did just finish being in a fight you know.

In closing, the fight that Mayweather was supposed to lose has come and gone. What will they say now?

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