Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao Boxing Fight Preview

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao Fight Preview

On May 02, 2015, Floyd Mayweather fights Manny Pacquiao in one of the most anticipated fights in all of boxing history. This fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, NV. In order for this fight to happen, the boxers both agreed upon a 60-40 split in the purse, with Mayweather getting the 60% and Pacquiao receiving the 40%.

This fight has been in the making for many years, with various obstacles in the way, such as purse size, would it be on Pay-Per-View, and the fact that Mayweather moved from Showtime to HBO, while Manny Pacquiao remained under contract with Showtime. Only once before have the two premium channels worked out a deal for a boxing match. This was when Lennox Lewis fought Mike Tyson.

It wasn't until Leslie Moonvies (known as the CBS CEO), got together with Bob Arum (Pacquiao promoter), and HBO CEO Richard Plepler, and finally worked out a deal.

Then Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao met publicly face-to-face at a Heat-Bucks NBA basketball game at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL.

Boxing Records for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather goes into this fight with a 47 - 0 record. The boxing record of Manny Pacquiao is 57 wins, (by way of 38 knockouts and 19 decisions) with 5 losses, and 2 draws. Just by records alone, it would appear that Floyd Mayweather has much more to lose, because this could be his first boxing loss.  If he wins against Manny Pacquiao, many have speculated that he would be tempted to fight two more matches in order to get his record to 50 - 0.

Freddie Roach Knows How to beat Floyd Mayweather in a Fight

One of Manny Pacquiao's advantages is that he has Freddy Roach as a trainer, who had previously trained Oscar De La Hoya at the time that he boxed Floyd Mayweather. From his previous experience, Freddie Roach has come up with a blueprint to beat Floyd Mayweather, and it includes a lot of jabs.

Freddie Roach looked back at the Mayweather-De La Hoya fight, and said that De La Hoya was perfect in the first six rounds, because he was able to "cut of the ring" from Mayweather. This tactic worked, because Mayweather is comfortable and likes to operate near the ropes, which is why Mayweather is considered on the of best technical boxers ever, with very few mistakes in body position in the ring.

When Mayweather moves his body backwards in the boxing ring, he opening up some room to work punches in.  When the opponent follows him back, he does an evade, and then returns a quick counter attack.

The Freddie Roach BluePrint for Manny Pacquiao: 2 Keys to Success

There are two keys for Manny Pacquiao's success in the boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather:
  1. Move Mayweather backwards in his attacks, but don't step in to follow.  If Pacquiao follows his step back, he must quickly land punches and jabs, but then quickly get out.
  2. Mayweather may not attempt a step back.  Freddie Roach calls this Mayweather technique "setting a trap." Manny Pacquiao must not attempt to box Mayweather straight on, because Mayweather will have the advantage.
Manny Pacquiao is considered a powerhouse offensive fighter that uses his speed and quickness, and other boxers have said that Manny Pacquiao hits very hard.

Mayweather is excellent at throwing over the top counter punches and right punches, which is Pacquiao's problem.

Opponents that Fought both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao

Shane Mosley boxed both Mayweather and Pacquiao, and said that Pacquiao's hits were unexpectedly more powerful than he had expected. Mosley said that Pacquiao hurt him more, but also credited that partly to not being at 100% when he boxed Pacquiao.

Oscar De La Hoya's corner stopped the fight against Pacquiao after eight rounds, but Oscar De La Hoya lost by a split decision to Floyd Mayweather.

Common opponent Ricky Hatton says that Manny Pacquiao hurt him with every punch, and Manny has explosive punching power, while Floyd Mayweather outboxed him with technical prowess.

What Does Floyd Mayweather do to Prepare for Manny Pacquiao?

When Floyd Mayweather is preparing for this huge fight against Manny Pacquiao, he cools down in a Cryosauna after training, which lasts approximately 2 min. 30 sec. and get down to -120 degrees Celsius.

The Cryosauna tricks Mayweather's body into thinking that it is going into hypothermia, sending a rush of blood from your arms and legs into the core of his body, and sends a jolt of oxygen, enzymes, and nutrients back out into his body.  Pretty cool, huh?

Floyd Mayweather found out about the Cryosauna from Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers.
Floyd Mayweather cooling down in a Cryosauna

Results for Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight 

Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao by decision on May 2, 2015. Most people that watched the fight were disappointed, as they wanted to see a knockout or a more dominant fighter come out as the victor, but this did not happen.

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