For me- the logic that Marquez is equal or greater than Pacquiao;
And in light of Mayweathers beating comprehensive victory over, Floyd MUST be greater than Manny -
It doesn’t quite ring true.
The oft-repeated cliche “styles make fights” could have been forged for this scenario.
When looking for weaknesses many put forward the arguement that Mayweather finds southpaws difficult.
Mayweather has fought 7 southpaws of note- and of course holds 7 wins, but sometimes without the usual comfort that has become his custom.
DeMarcus Corley caught FMJ with some quality scores before his eventual demise.
Zab Judah was unfortunate not to be accredited with a knockdown of FMJ and posed somewhat an enigma for 6 rounds.
Victor Ortiz actually put some pressure on FMJ, but his success was limited by his own temperment.
I think the chart refelcts a more thoughtful approach by Mayweather. Some might say cautious.
This can be largely attributed to Mayweathers stance.
With his left leg way out in front and boxing almost side on, Mayweather has a style- tailor made, for making right handers miss and appear clumsy.
This is all done masterfully, but is not designed for use against world class southpaws.
Mayweather seems to have a set gameplan- neutralise his opponents attack and then implement specific strategies to break down the opponent. I’m thinking of the jab to the body vs. Corrales, the check hook vs. Hatton or the straight right vs. Gatti/ODLH/JMM.
Against Southpaws; “complicated” may be the wrong term- but this gameplan has been delayed when faced with a lefty (again reflected in the chart.)
Without exception his fights vs. Southpaws have illustrated a process of understanding before mastery.
Against Zab Judah, Mayweather took his time figuring the style out- he adjusted (to a very traditional stance and defence) and went on to school Judah for the last six.
Chop Chop gave Mayweather a good fight- but as the story unfolded Mayweather became increasingly dominant as he learned on the job. It took time- it was gradual and saw Mayweather less invulnerable than we expect early.
Could this pose problematic against an aggressive, hard hitting southpaw with speed to burn.
Yes it could. Maybe.
For me, Mayweather’s best asset has been his ability to control the pace of a fight.
In a thread I read through yesterday our very own Robert A stated that Mayweather sometimes does not prevent and sometimes even allows opponents to clinch him.
I agree wholeheartedly with this. When in a clinch, there is a restriction on what action can actualy happen.
Floyd rushes fighters when it suits him and kills the action when fighters seek to take the initiative.
He has a unique understanding of the ebb and flow of a fight; when to expend energy and when to drain his opponents.
And this is where Pacquiao adds a unique element.
“The way to beat Floyd is to outwork him every minute of every round. Manny is the only fighter capable of executing that game plan. Activity kills Mayweather. You need to stay busy against him and not let him dictate the pace by slowing down the fight,” said Roach, who was a five-time Boxing Writers Association of America’s (BWAA) Trainer of the Year.
Pacquiao will not have a pace dictated to him. It occured to me during the Morales fight that he was forcing Erik to engage in a contest he was not comfortable with. His constant in/out movement and spontaneous attack was damaging physically- but mentally exhausting.
For Mayweather, this will be his first opponent above 140lbs to present this sort of equation.
In saying all this, I think Mayweather will STOP Pacquiao should they meet.
I just think the arguement is there and this is the combat sub-forum after all haha.