Boxing is an unusual sport in many ways and certainly different from most sports. As long as a fighter can get commissioned and set up a fight, he or she and their promoter can start promoting a professional boxing match. Some fighters can be damaged goods by the time they reach their late 20’s. However, if a fighter is still sharp and their skills are still intact by the time they reach 30 to 32-years-old, consider them fortunate.
Even though 35-year-old Manny Pacquiao and 37-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. are not the same exact fighters they were during their primes; they are both very special and against each other are still considered one of the most anticipated match ups that can be made in the entire sport of boxing.
According to JST, GMA News, popular Hall of Fame referee Joe Cortez believes one’s skills are diminishing faster than the other. In the article posted today, Cortez said, even though both pound-for-pound stars are past their primes and slightly on the decline, he still feels that the older Mayweather has more left in the tank than his Filipino rival.
He went on to say, if the two met in the ring, he predicts the superb boxing skills of Mayweather would triumph over Pacquiao. Cortez feels Mayweather wins by a 12-round decision, because of his unique skills and ability to figure out his opponent has always been one of his gifts.
Examine the careers of both fighters and how many wars they’ve survived; what you will find is Pacquiao has definitely been hit more. His record is 56-5-2, 38 KO’s compared to that of Mayweather’s which is 47-0, 27 KO’s tells all. According to most, what makes the Filipino star such a crowd pleaser and so exciting to watch is the amount of brutal punishment he has dished-out and received over his astonishing career. Smart? Not really. Exciting? Damn right it is.
Some of those close to the sport feel, because of his age and some of those brutal battles he’s experienced including his devastating knockout loss from his fourth meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez, he’s definitely lost a step and maybe a little power too. He hasn’t had a knockout since his shocking second round knockout of light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton back in May 2009.
Pacquiao faces light welterweight champion Chris Algieri in a Nov. 22 fight in Macau. According to an interview with The Philippines Star posted today, Pacquiao’s assistant trainer, Buboy Fernandez said he is wary of their opponent’s boxing skills. Even though Algieri is 20-0, with only 8 KO’s and their Filipino icon is listed as an overwhelming favorite in that fight, Fernandez said they are by no means taking their New York opponent lightly.
If it’s true that Pacquiao’s skills are diminishing a bit, the fight with Algieri could turn out to be a tough night for the Congressman. Trainer Fernandez also said their taller undefeated opponent is known for his left jab, left hook and right upper cut down the middle, but went on to say, he’s confident that they could neutralize all of that with the speed advantage of their champ.
LET’S DISCUSS MAYWEATHER FOR MINUTE
When it comes to Floyd Mayweather Jr., boxing experts feel because he hasn’t taken much punishment during his entire boxing career, it has allowed him to show very little signs of wear and tear. He was hit the most in his bout against light middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. The Puerto Rican boxer busted up Mayweather’s noise like no other fighter before. The pound-for-pound king had to dig down deep to get that win. It was that fight that prompted Mayweather Jr. to rehire his father Floyd Sr. as his head trainer.
Mayweather also experienced two most recent back-to-back awkward battles against the hard-hitting light middleweight Argentine, Marcos Maidana. Even in those bouts the Argentinean seemed to have his moments, but it was apparent that the pound-for-pound king dished out the much cleaner punishment than he received which ultimately led to his victory in both fights.
Hopefully, there will be a showdown next year in 2015, between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, the two biggest stars in the sport. Then, and only then, will boxing fans around the world truly know whose skills have diminished the most. The entire boxing world is anxiously waiting for that time when both fighters step into the square circle standing face-to-face in a serious stare down. Imagine what the atmosphere will be like in that arena. Nevertheless, let’s be real, until that day happens, all predictions and opinions regarding that fight is just mere speculations and nothing more.