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AT LAST: Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao Is here, Boxing Legends Give Their Predictions

May 2, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
AT LAST: Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao Is here, Boxing Legends Give Their Predictions

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After five long, frustrating years, the day has come for not just boxing fans but sports fans.

The two biggest names in boxing are finally ready to etch their names in history. Joining the ranks of legendary fights including Robinson-Schmeling, Ali-Frazier, Leonard-Hagler, Tyson-Lewis and now Mayweather-Pacquiao.

Current boxers and the legends of the game give their predictions for tonight’s legendary showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

LENNOX LEWIS (Boxing Legend)

“Manny has got to start fast. His work-rate has to go up because Floyd’s got an unblemished record, and he knows what to do. He moves so well around the ring. He’s a counter-puncher as well. Manny has to look out for all those weapons. I don’t think Mayweather is going to be the aggressor – I think he’ll keep it simple. If ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

“Manny is going to have to come after him. Floyd will sit back. It has to be controlled aggression on Manny’s part. If he goes in crazy, he’s going to get caught. Floyd has no losses right now – he’s the bigger man, no-one has figured him out yet. So my money has to be on Floyd Mayweather.”

Prediction: Mayweather

MIKE TYSON (Boxing Legend)

“I thought from the start that Pacquiao is going to win. This guy is perpetual motion. He comes from every angle; he’s all energy, always throwing punches, never stops. Floyd tucks in and picks his shots, and he is more accurate. But he doesn’t throw anything like Manny’s 100 punches a round.

“It’s unlikely Mayweather can knock Manny out so if he wants to win he’s got to change. Unless he throws more punches, he can’t win the rounds. He has to fight. If he’s not going to score, he is going to lose the round. Also, if he lays back, he is going to lose the round.”

Prediction: Pacquiao


Leonard feels the fight could end in one punch. “Psychologically, Pacquiao won’t think that, going into the ring, he has lost two fights. Mayweather has not lost at all. It will give him a little edge but not too much. You don’t know; one punch could end it all. One punch could turn the tables around.”

Prediciton: Leaning Mayweather

GEORGE FOREMAN (Boxing Legend)

“I think Pacquiao to win six rounds, the seventh will be kind of even. Mayweather will come on in the last rounds, but it will be too late. The fight will be won by a single round.

“Mayweather starts off early looking for a rhythm, Pacquiao will pop him early on, he will tire, and Mayweather will come on in the later rounds, but he will lose.”

Prediction: Pacquiao

OSCAR DE LA HOYA (Former Champ and Head of Golden Boy Promotions)

Lost to both Mayweather and Pacquiao

“I don’t see Mayweather trying to knock out Pacquiao, but I can see Pacquiao trying to knock out Mayweather. In this sport, one punch can change everything, and I think I’m going to have to give Pacquiao the advantage. If Pacquiao can start well the first two rounds – winning those rounds – the fight can go in Pacquiao’s direction.

“I feel Pacquiao has to win the first two or three rounds, because it’ll make Mayweather have to come from behind, and he’ll have to start to pressure Pacquiao, to be the aggressor, and Mayweather does not like to be the aggressor.”

Prediction: Leaning Pacquiao


“A fighter like Mayweather can bring best out of Pacquiao. Maybe he’s never fought anything like he’s going to fight this fight. I think Floyd is a person that don’t want to lose. I think he’s going to be relying on his skills and everything to try to maintain that unbeaten streak.”

Prediction: Mayweather

MIGUEL COTTO-(Current Middle-Weight Champ)

“After working with Freddie Roach, I think he is going to be huge in the fight. I’m rooting, for Manny Pacquiao. I think the quickness of Manny is going to have a big impact on Floyd’s performance.” (The Independent)

Prediction: Pacquiao

TEDDY ATLAS (Trainer, Commentator)

“I think Pacquiao has a good chance,” claims the most entertaining mouthpiece in boxing. “The greatest strength of Floyd Mayweather is also his greatest weakness – his defense. He goes into it too much sometimes. He doesn’t throw enough.” Atlas isn’t afraid to weigh in on Pacquiao, either.“He’s (Manny’s) got the foot speed to get to Floyd when he has to get to him.”

Prediction: Leaning Towards Pacquiao


“Mayweather won’t win, because from what I’ve seen, boxing doesn’t want nobody to get out [of the sport] undefeated.

“They want to keep the money in the sport by doing things to make it happen this way: Somebody beats the man, and then somebody beats the man who beat the man, and then somebody beats the man who beat the man who beat the man who beat the man.

“Then it’s going to be a matter of whether Mayweather is going to fight again, whether he feels like he has made enough money to say, ‘I ain’t got to fight,’”(Sports on Earth)

Prediction: Pacquiao

CARL FROCH (Current Super Middleweight Champ)

Mayweather will win on points, he’s too good and makes brilliant adjustments

Prediction: Mayweather

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