5. Who will win the fight?
FLOYD MAYWEATHER is generally priced as a 3-1 favourite and that seems fair.
He is unbeaten in 47 fights, is a defensive wizard who throws rapid angled punches, and he’s one of the most gifted fighters of all-time. His rival is no longer the maniacal predator of a few years ago when he was beating up all-comers, and 2012 losses to Timothy Bradley (albeit controversial and since avenged) and Juan Manuel Marquez appeared to confirm a decline.
However, writing off Pacquiao is foolish. He may not have scored a stoppage win since 2009, but the Filipino brings underrated boxing skills, astonishingly quick hands, and – arguably – a better understanding of his limitations than Mayweather. Those aforementioned reverses have created a new fighter; one who takes fewer chances, but one who attacks spitefully and intelligently.
But let’s not call the upset just yet. Some believers point to Pacquiao’s southpaw stance but while Floyd found Zab Judah tricky for a while, and got buzzed by DeMarcus Corley, his most recent outings against lefties – Victor Ortiz and Robert Guerrero – were effortless triumphs.
Mayweather to win on points is the likeliest conclusion at this stage.