Who'd win: Pacquiao or Mayweather?

September 19, 2011

It would be a classic

George Diaz

Orlando Sentinel

Pac Man, TKO, late rounds.

A Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao matchup would be a classic contest between one of the best defensive specialists in boxing history (Mayweather) against one of the most vaunted power punchers in his division (Pac Man).

Pac Man's power would win out because he attacks relentlessly. He would stay on top of Mayweather even if he got tagged. The power punches would add up, and Mayweather would eventually go down. But obviously, what makes this fight so appealing to fans is the potential for greatness from both men. Can Mayweather's defense and crisp counterpunches stave off the power of the Pac Man?

I hope we all get to find out soon.

gdiaz@tribune.com

Pac Man would win war

Stephen Gross

Morning Call

Floyd Mayweather Jr. grabbed the WBC welterweight title last weekend, but if he agrees to a match with Manny Pacquiao, his unblemished record will be no more.

Despite Mayweather's 42-0 record, Pacquiao looks to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the game. And it doesn't matter if opponents have a size advantage.

Another telling factor is how Mayweather and Pacquiao fared against Ricky Hatton. Pacquiao knocked out Hatton in two rounds, while Mayweather needed 10 for the KO.

It would be a war, but Pacquiao, the only eight-division titleholder in boxing history, would take "Pretty Boy" 12 rounds and earn a split decision.

smgross@tribune.com

Advantage: Pacquiao

Lance Pugmire

Los Angeles Times

We saw Saturday that Floyd Mayweather remains incredibly skilled in the face of southpaw power — in what could be a final warmup before facing Manny Pacquiao. Against Victor Ortiz, Mayweather merely hid his face behind his left shoulder and continually penetrated Ortiz's defense.

But Pacquiao is a different animal — a faster, stalking, more disciplined fighter who would be better positioned to either outpoint Mayweather or knock him out. Pacquiao is younger, he's fought more frequently and he's directed by a wiser trainer, Freddie Roach.

The world has seen enough of alternate opponents. Now, these two need to get in the ring and settle the argument once and for all.

lpugmire@tribune.com

It'll never happen

Shawn Courchesne

Hartford Courant

There's a reason Floyd Mayweather won't budge in his desire to attach unusual blood testing requirements for performance-enhancing drugs to a fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather knows this is the fight everyone wants. But Mayweather also knows this is the fight that could tarnish his legacy. So he demands unusual restrictions in testing to make sure he has a built-in excuse for why the fight everybody wants won't happen.

And one wonders why boxing dies a slow death while the fan base for big-time mixed martial arts events grows exponentially. Here's one good reason. The best fights should happen, and fighters shouldn't be involved in deciding if they happen or not.

scourchesne@tribune.com

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