The last time a fight this big happened the Allies defeated Germans. It’s Mayweather versus Pacquiao. To the winner goes a giant pile of money. To the loser ... goes a giant pile of money. May the richest guy get even more wealthy.
On Saturday is Las Vegas, the Fight of the Century will take place at the MGM Grand when Floyd “Money” Mayweather finally meets Manny Pacquiao for the Whatever Whatever Whatever Belt.
This is a fight that should have happened five years ago. Nonetheless, the date is coming when the sport’s two biggest names will fight each other rather than a bunch of spares whose names we can’t remember.
The sad part is that absolutely no fight analyst thinks this bout will be close. Vegas has Mayweather as the decisive favorite to win this fight. So was Tyson over Buster Douglas.
I called former featherweight champion, and current Fort Worth resident, Paulie Ayala for his thoughts on this fight. He is not what one would call “optimistic” that the Pacman can hang with Money.
“I see Floyd winning by a unanimous decision, and it’s not going to very close,” said Ayala, who in his career was represented by the same promoter as Pacquiao - Bob Arum.
“Floyd is a way better boxer. He is a naturally a way better boxer. His natural gifts are boxing. It’s what he did his whole life.”
Pacquiao is a fearless slugger, whereas Mayweather has made a career out of not being hit. Ever. Ayala does not see Pacquiao being able to lure Mayweather into exchanges; not unless the exchanges are on Money’s terms. He thinks Pacquiao has become a much more mature and patient fighter under veteran trainer Freddie Roach, but that won’t be enough.
“Floyd is too smart for that. He will never get suckered in,” Ayala said. “Manny is going to try to out-box the greatest fighter in the world - maybe ever. Unless Manny is able to make it a war, or an ugly fight, that’s his only chance. If he plans on boxing and out-boxing Floyd, he’s not going to be able to do that.”
Ayala does see Mayweather being an active participant in this fight, and not just “running”. He thinks Mayweather will pursue Pacquiao.
Bottom line: Ayala thinks this will be a fight that only Mayweather fans will like.
“This will not be a Sugar Ray Leonard/Marvin Hagler fight,” Ayala said. “This will be a text book schoolin’ by Floyd. He’s going to dominate every round.”
And, yet, I can’t wait.
Mac Engel, 817-390-7760