Floyd Mayweather

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3. Who has the most to lose in the fight?

They both have a lot to lose on May 2 but one senses Manny Pacquiao’s legacy is the stronger.

He has won world titles from flyweight all the way up to light-middleweight, and holds the edge in great rivalries with future Hall of Famers, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez. Mayweather aside, he’s fought everyone he could have. Dotted among his victories are five defeats, and invincibility is not a factor in his lofty reputation. And crucially, the general consensus is that he will lose this fight. Anything better than that exceeds expectation.

At this stage of Mayweather’s quest for greatness his ‘0’ means everything.

Perhaps that’s because he is constantly banging on about it, perhaps it’s because it is so very rare for a world champion – particularly one who has been operating at that level for 16 years – to retire without a loss. A loss would strip a thick layer of his legend and goodness knows how his gargantuan yet fragile ego copes with such a result.