Mayweather-Pacquiao Predictions

By Boxing News on May 1, 2015
Mayweather-Pacquiao Predictions
It's the show of shows. This is how the writers see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.

The fight may be five years too late from an optimal boxing perspective, but from a marketing standpoint the timing couldn’t be better…

Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, the richest fight in history will take place. Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) have both seen better days, but the expression “better late than never” applies to this fight and in spades. Mayweather is the defensive genius, the counterpuncher par excellence. He may have grown cautious over the years, but his unbeaten record speaks for itself. Pacquiao is the offensive whirlwind, the man who lets his punches fly, no matter the cost. But he too has slowed down. The fight may be five years too late from an optimal boxing perspective, but from a marketing standpoint the timing couldn’t be better. This is the show of shows. This is how the writers see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.

Daniel Attias: “There are a number of fights in boxing history that seem to transcend the sport, ‘The Thrilla in Manila,’ ‘The War’ waged between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns, ‘The Rumble in the Jungle,’ which gave birth to Ali’s famous Rope-a-Dope, and ‘The Battle of the Century,’ when Jim Jeffries took on Jack Johnson back in 1910 and whilst this fight may very well be the biggest ever, at least in a financial sense, there is something lacking. Perhaps it’s the feeling that it’s a last minute money grab between two men who should have fought six years ago but either way the bout itself remains an intriguing matchup. Floyd Mayweather is undoubtedly the firm favorite and rightly so. The key to the fight, for me, is how well Pacquiao can handle the sublime counterpunching skills of Mayweather. Juan Manuel Marquez was an accomplished counterpuncher yet still not as versed in the art as Floyd and he gave Pacquiao hell. Floyd has a knack for fending off opponents blows then landing pinpoint counters of his own and despite the fact that Manny will come at him from all angles, I feel he has the defensive technique to withstand the barrage and the skill to counter and possibly hurt Pacquiao. Early rounds will go to Manny before Floyd figures out the Filipino phenom en-route to a close but unanimous decision victory.”

Adam Berlin: “This mega-fight comes five years too late. And while I would have picked Pac Man in 2010, I’ve learned never to bet against Money Mayweather. For Manny to win, he has to position himself in his famously-awkward angles and throw 75 punches a round. That won’t happen. Manny’s muscled calves may have six rounds in them; they don’t have twelve. I’m not a Floyd fan, but I recognize his ring genius. Floyd will figure out Manny’s rhythms early, which will keep Manny from building a commanding points lead. And then it will be blueprint Mayweather, with Floyd landing his one-and-done shots before clinching with the aid of Kenny Bayless. Floyd will make two minutes of every round a dull affair. For that third minute, Floyd will land more hurtful combinations than Manny. I know this is a big fight for boxing, but part of me wants it to be a stinker. Why the self-destructive wish? After five years of nonsense, I’m disgusted at the waiting games and the money games. I hope all those who said they’d boycott this fight actually do. Floyd Mayweather will never be TBE, but he’ll be the better fighter (not the better man) in the ring on Saturday night. Mayweather beats Pacquiao by decision.” 

Teron Briggs: “Brace yourself, because this might come as shocking news because you haven’t heard it before but I like Mayweather to win by unanimous decision. My heart goes with Manny, but my mind says Money. I tried to find reasons to pick Pacquiao and there are quite a few. It’s been almost 10 years since Money has been in the ring with a fighter with Manny’s exceptional hand-speed. That last fighter (Zab Judah) also happened to be a southpaw, like Manny, and he caused the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world all kinds of issues early, even scoring an uncredited knockdown. Victor Ortiz, Sharmba Mitchell and DeMarcus Corley are three other southpaws Floyd has fought and you can argue they all had at least a moderate level of success against him, unlike the majority of the orthodox fighters he’s shutout. Manny is on a whole different level than those southpaws. Though their recent opposition is pretty equal I believe Timothy Bradley, who Manny beat twice in dominate fashion (the judges in the first fight butchered that decision in favor of Tim) is better than any of Mayweather’s opponents. Yeah, even better than a young, weight drained Canelo Alvarez. With that said, I can’t get over Manny’s problems with Juan Manuel Marquez in their four fights. Styles do indeed make fights, and Money’s is similar to Marquez. He’s a defensive whiz with excellent counterpunching skills who doesn’t waste his punches and lands them at an above average rate. He’s also taller than Marquez and his reach is five inches longer. He’ll use a sporadic jab and calculated though limited footwork to keep Manny off balance. He’ll use his shoulder roll to deflect Manny’s powerful left hands, and counter with his own precise right hands. I could even see a knockdown late, as a desperate Manny, trailing on the scorecards, tries to pull out a late Hail Mary and gets clocked coming in.”

Jay Bulger: “Pacquiao is well past the Marquez KO, but I really don’t think he’s big enough to bully Mayweather like Maidana did in their first fight. Will be interesting to see what’s actually landing on Mayweather, as opposed to the crowd reactions to Pac flurries. I think it’s going to be a tough fight for them both. I see Mayweather giving up the first few rounds as he figures him out, landing more decisively in the second half, as he takes a split decision that people will be complaining about for years to come.”

George Thomas Clark: “There is hope, among the angry majority of fans who want Manny Pacquiao to win, that he’ll somehow be quicker and stronger and more precise than ever and force heretofore unflappable Floyd Mayweather into a brawl and punish the bejeweled king they’ve wanted to see dethroned. Don’t wager heavily on that sequence. Floyd is larger, stronger, quicker, faster, more adaptable and elusive than Manny, who’d have a slightly better chance if both were much younger junior welterweights. Instead, they’re aging welterweights, but no one need yearn for what might have been. The result would’ve been the same at any juncture. Manny won’t hit Floyd often, and Floyd will hit him frequently, or at least more often, and win a unanimous decision. Since nothing is certain in the ring, let’s say there’s a seventy percent chance of Floyd earning a decision, and ten percent that Manny will eat a Floyd counter right, as he did in his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, and twenty that Manny could win a decision. There’s no realistic chance he’ll knock out Floyd.”

Jose Corpas: “I keep reading and hearing about comparisons with Duran-Leonard. I’d have agreed readily if it were 2008. Now I’m reminded more of Chavez-Camacho. Except this fight, the boxer, Mayweather, is better than that boxer, Camacho, was and Floyd should win provided, ironically, he fights Camacho-like and uses more lateral movement, especially away from Manny’s right, than he has lately. If he lays on the ropes, Manny could steal it on volume.”

Robert Ecksel: “My heart says Manny, but my heart has betrayed me in the past. My head, by contrast, whether swollen or shrunken, is a more reliable barometer of how I think the fight will go. Pacquiao will bolt from the corner, throwing punches in bunches from odd angles to take the first few rounds. Floyd will get in a couple shots of his own, but he’ll be studying his opponent the way a taxidermist studies a specimen. It won’t take him long. Manny, for all his gifts, is an intuitive fighter, whereas Mayweather is an Einstein in the ring. If he doesn’t catch Pacquiao jumping into a straight right hand—history has a nasty habit of repeating itself—Floyd will cruise to a decision in a fight that may not satisfy, expectations being what they are, but few will actually notice. ”

Mohummad Humza Elahi: “In my opinion, there’s a legitimate contention that the plethora of boxing blogs that have been created over the past five years were born solely from the frustration of this fight not happening. Some of those blogs/sites may find it hard to sustain themselves from May 3rd. This is our generation’s superfight, the one that transcends the sport and brings in new and casual fans alike. So what will they get? Tactically, I think Mayweather sets the stall and tries to take as much fire as possible out of the fight and Pacquiao needs a KO or a lopsided scorecard to have a chance of winning, so will look to hunt and pressure Mayweather from the start. I also think that any pause in the action will be met with boos and jeers from the crowd and this works to Mayweather’s advantage, psychologically; I don’t think that effect can be underestimated. I think Pacquiao has some success early but then starts to get frustrated and that’s when Mayweather takes over the center of the ring and starts bossing the action. At this point, I think both go for the KO, Pacquiao because he’s dropped too far back on the cards and Mayweather through sheer pride and ego. And I think Mayweather wins that exchange. Is any more detail needed? The dance, the speculation, the acrimony, the frustration have all been done to death. Let’s do the damn thing. Mayweather via TKO in the championship rounds.”

Clarence George: “Manny Pacquiao will bring it in the first three or four rounds, but he’ll dash himself against the rock that is Floyd Mayweather’s tiring (and tiresome) defensive technique. The fight will devolve into dullsville, with Mayweather, the better boxer at this stage of the game, scoring enough points to win by clear unanimous decision. I don’t usually take these opportunities to editorialize, but I’ll make an exception in this case: I respect Lee Groves, but his recent contention that Mayweather-Pacquiao will result in boxing taking ‘a giant step toward regaining what it has lost’ is whistling past the graveyard. Not that the sport is dead and buried, but, like so many other institutions, it’s hopelessly hollowed out. A.J. Liebling observed that televised boxing would result in the closing of most venues, thus wrecking the sport. He was right. Today, however, we’re all applauding the return of boxing to more-or-less free TV. Understandably so. It won’t save the Sweet Science any more than will Mayweather-Pacquiao, but it’s better than nothing. And better than nothing is about all boxing fans can ask for.”

Johnathan Lee Iverson: “Styles make fights and it remains to be seen how these two styles match up. Thus, anything is possible and for all intents and purposes, curiosity is as much of a draw this Saturday as the actual combatants. I predict a tense, even entertaining opening four rounds. After which Floyd Mayweather will have surely accessed what Manny Pacquiao is and do what he always does—win. Mayweather, in addition to be supremely conditioned and skilled, is most of all too smart to be overwhelmed by Pacquiao’s swarming offense, which is the only gear Manny has. A steady jab from Mayweather will thwart Pacquiao’s frantic pace coupled with some great body work, a check hook, and of course, that stellar right hand culminating in a late round stoppage or a unanimous decision.”

Marc Livitz: “It’s finally here, or at least it almost is. I’ve been of the opinion for quite a few years now that Floyd has all the attributes to win because of his almost psychic ability to avoid punishment in the ring. That being said and although Manny has not often shown that he is the whirlwind of 2008-9, I think that he may at least have the tools to be the disruptive one in this case. Floyd prides himself on always finding a way to get the win, yet he’ll have a new blueprint thrown at him that may befuddle his strategy. I’m going against my gut and against the assertion that I’ve long said that Mayweather is simply too good. The angles that Pacquiao can use to his advantage may finally spell the end of the Money Man’s unbeaten record. As long as Manny can use his speed and superior footwork to not fight from a medium to long range, then his chances to win are greater. If he does his usual bouncing in and out, it will give Floyd time to counter with his straight right. Manny will get eaten if he doesn’t fight from too close in. It’s odd to finally do a legitimate prediction on this bout and not an imaginary one. Some of us had long called this superfight a dead one. Floyd’s shoulder roll technique and lean back defense could frustrate Manny if the PacMan isn’t adequately prepared to take a patient and calculated approach. Nevertheless, I think it’s time for someone to go 48-1. That’s just a lucky toss to the wind. I’m just hoping it’s a great fight that isn’t quickly forgotten by next weekend when Canelo Alvarez faces James Kirkland in Houston. Pacquiao Pts 12.”

Norman Marcus: “So many variables on both sides of this fight. Mayweather the boxer with a plan and Pacquiao the fighter who just keeps throwing punches from all angles. I’ll have to quote Mike Tyson here. ‘Everybody has a plan till I hit him in the face!’ I agree Mike. Pacquiao in a UD12.”

Gordon Marino: “I have Manny wining a controversial decision.”

Laurena Marrone: “I think it comes down to who fights smarter, not better. The mind will play a huge role in this battle, and it’s expression of skill and will, and of courage and faith. Mayweather has the skill and the will. Pacquiao has them all. Regardless, as the Italian proverb says, ‘Both the king and the pawn go back into the same box.’ Mayweather’s box may be adorned with gold and diamonds, but it is still a box. Pacquiao by split decision.”

Joe Masterleo: “Boxing and horse racing at one time were the two top American sports draws. In a bit of nostalgia on May 2nd both will be headliners again for a day—an ominous day for a combination wager. The picks are easy, written in the stars. In the Kentucky Derby I’ll take the 40-1 shot, ironically, a colt named ‘Itsaknockout.’ For the fight, it’s no longer February weather, it’s May weather. So I’m going with ‘Money’ in Vegas over the distance in his best ever boxing masterpiece.”

Matt McGrain: “Mayweather isn’t moving throughout this fight, and if he tries his punch output will drop dramatically a la Maidana II and he will lose. Mayweather needs accommodation and concessions for the minor limitations enforced upon him by age and Pacquiao doesn’t want to give him those, at all. The result will probably be a very good, very competitive fight early. Later on, the parade will begin. The ticker tape come the final bell will be for Mayweather.”

Richard Mendel: “I am hoping for a good fight, and my only reservation is that it may not be able to live up to what it may once have been. I wish both fighters luck, but suspect that the smartest fight for Mayweather is to outbox Pacquiao and keep of the ropes. I suspect Mayweather may win via a decision that will be similar in many respects to Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvin Hagler which wasn’t the most satisfying of results. I don’t know who will prevail, but I’m very convinced that after the fight there will be a common reprise along the lines of: ‘I wonder if things would be different had they fought several years ago.’”

Robert Mladinich: “All the smart money says Mayweather should win, and there is a good chance he will. But there was a reason Mayweather avoided him all these years, and perhaps we will find out why on Saturday. Mayweather has gotten roughed up a bit of late, especially by Cotto and Maidana. My guess is the Pac Man pulls a rabbit out of a hat and wins a close decision. Pacquiao W 12.”

Ezra Salkin: “As difficult as it is to access this fight, given the variables with both fighters’ ages, one thing is certain. It’s up to Pacquiao to make the fight. If we have an exciting fight Saturday that means Pacquiao is having success. If it’s boring, you’ll know Floyd’s running away with it. Manny will have to earn everything as Floyd won’t give him anything. But the Filipino has a habit of doing that. The question is does Manny still have the physical ability to move in and out constantly—all 12 rounds? He’ll need it to have a shot. That said, if Pac can pull this off, being the underdog that he is and with Floyd held in as high regard as he is, there’s near unlimited upside to Pac’s legacy should he win. Floyd on the other hand will not get much if he’s victorious. It’s expected. Ultimately, I think Freddy Roach has the blueprint and Manny won’t let the Philippines down. Pacquiao UD.”

Ted Sares: “Problem with Pac-Man is that he is doing too much pre-fight posturing while Mayweather is staying focused and that spells trouble for Pac. That aside, I like what Terence Crawford says to wit: ‘Pacquiao is going to come in jumping with a lot of flurry-like punches, and Floyd is just going to time him and catch him coming in.’ I also agree with Oscar De La Hoya in that ‘…Manny may test Floyd early but as soon as he learns what Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez did (that Mayweather has pop in his counterpunches), he will become more tentative and more frustrated.’ Mayweather will then carefully adjust to circumstances and move into a groove that’s designed to win rounds by boxing carefully and not engaging in firefights. Neither man will stop the other, and though the crowd will raise the decibel count each time one misses, this will turn into a tactical, technical and possibly even boring fight. Mayweather will win by a UD or MD.”

Ted Spoon: “What’s behind Manny’s smile? He’s oozing confidence. Word is Floyd’s a lil’ more nervous than usual. Is it the romantic in us blowing things out of proportion? There’s an equal chance the alarm bells have gone off. We can’t pretend Floyd has always wanted this fight. There was no plan to wait five/six years. He’s been protecting his ‘A-side’ stature and now feels (has vocalized) this older version of Pacman is beatable. It’s still a gamble, one that a ludicrous paycheck insisted on taking. Manny has not been his buzzsaw self for a while but I think, or perhaps my heart thinks, motivation has been an issue. If we see that same kind of urgency we saw in Marquez IV, Floyd is in deep. He cannot short-circuit the threat. He will drop rounds, too many rounds. I like Freddie’s more measured prediction—Pacman points.”

Jeffrey Sussman: “I predict a Mayweather decision.”

Caryn A. Tate: “In the lead-up to this long-awaited fight, much has been made of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his mastery of the skill set he has honed over the years. It is with good reason; Mayweather is indeed a brilliant tactician and has a superb ring IQ. But not many people are discussing the unique package of ability and skills that Manny Pacquiao brings to the table. Pacquiao is a brilliant offensive fighter whose skills have been largely underestimated by the general boxing public and media over the past few months, and really over the past few years. This is seemingly largely due to Manny’s knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012. Knockout losses do matter (particularly when they are stone cold knockouts, not just technical knockouts), and they can reveal anything from a weak chin to the realization that the fighter in question is no longer able to compete effectively or safely in this brutal sport. But sometimes a knockout happens because, quite simply, this is boxing—a sport wherein two competitors are throwing punches at one another and one of them (or both of them, as in most Fights of the Year) ends up taking bombs to the face. By my scorecard, Manny was soundly winning the Marquez fight until that punch landed. But the most remarkable thing about that knockout was that Pacquiao has seemingly not had any impact to his mental ability to compete at this elite level. He has altered his style slightly to be more careful, but perhaps that’s a good thing. Astoundingly, the knockout doesn’t seem to have impacted Manny’s confidence in himself and I believe that is key in this fight. Floyd is used to being able to intimidate, frustrate, or otherwise get in his opponents’ heads, and he can’t do that here. Other keys are that both fighters have declined by about the same amount, just in different ways. Mayweather’s decline is in his legs and his speed in general, and these are vital aspects of his ability to win fights. But I also see a decline in his mentality regarding fighting; he doesn’t appear to have passion for what he does anymore, and he seems tired of all of it. To his credit, he is so professional that this has so far not interfered enough with his performances in the ring to mar his undefeated record; but now that he is facing the other best fighter in the world, we’ll see if that can continue. Pacquiao’s decline is in a bit of speed and perhaps a bit of power—also vital to his ability to win. But his foot speed and herky-jerky, unorthodox movement and insane amounts of volume punching are still there, with enough power and hand speed to still allow him to compete—and win—at the top level. Both boxers have very unique and difficult styles, particularly when thinking about each other’s ability to properly prepare for the other; neither man can be mimicked effectively. That’s part of what makes this such an exciting fight! So what it comes down to, at the end of the day: Who is stronger both mentally and physically, and who has been in the ring with the tougher opposition in order to be better prepared for taking on the other Best in the World? I think that’s Manny Pacquiao, and it’ll be by split decision.”

Peter Wood: “Pacquiao wins a questionable Michael-Spinks-ish split decision. But Pacman’s aggression from round one will be the deciding factor.”

Jarrett Zook: “Finally, the biggest fight in decades is upon us. Some feel that Pacquiao and Mayweather are meeting five years too late. Either way, Floyd is still favored by the experts and Manny has the hearts of the masses. Pacquiao’s popularity is evident as Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, and more than half of voters in some surveys have chosen the diminutive Filipino to emerge victorious. Pac Man is a people’s hero who is charming, charitable, and entertaining. On the other hand, Money is arrogant and infamous for his behavior outside the ring. Unfortunately, how likable a fighter is rarely if ever affects what happens between the ropes. Floyd is the king of counterpunchers, whose one of a kind work ethic is matched only by his remarkable talent. Pacquiao is a great fighter in his own right and is a tough whirlwind of excitement. However, Manny’s ability to knockout opponents has been diminished in the welterweight division and he has not ended a fight before the final bell sounded since 2009. Manny cannot box with Mayweather and it appears he does not have the power to stop him. Money has looked a little weathered recently though and Pac’s one hope for victory is reliant on this factor. If Maywather arrives crippled by age, then Pacquiao’s fast work rate may spell his demise. However, I feel that Floyd has enough left in the tank and more than enough hunger to do what it takes to outbox his closest rival. I thus predict a Mayweather unanimous decision with scores of about 118-100 or 117-111. In such a critical bout and with possible high stakes in a rematch, one has to wonder and hope that the judges aren’t on anybody’s payroll.”

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  1. Kid 12:54pm, 05/02/2015

    Here you go Andrew; “Breakthrough, a human rights group that aims to “make violence against women unacceptable,” is urging consumers not to buy tonight’s Mayweather-Pacquiao pay-per-view, citing Mayweather’s extensive history of domestic violence. The campaign is tagged as #noMayPac on Twitter, and has gained a good bit of momentum today in particular.”

  2. andrew 12:28pm, 05/02/2015

    The only people wasting money on PPV are old folks who can’t figure out how to get it for free on a computer.

  3. Kid Blast 12:12pm, 05/02/2015

    The only people boycotting this fight are people who can’t afford to pay PPV.

  4. andrew 12:04pm, 05/02/2015

    I agree with Adam Berlin. I’m still hoping something manages to prevent this hyped up con job from wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on these juiced up little geriatric pugs and their slimy entourages.

  5. andrew 12:02pm, 05/02/2015

    I agree with Adam Berlin. I’m still hoping something manages to prevent this hyped up con job from wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on these juiced up little geriatric pugs and their slimy entourages.

  6. Kid Blast 11:59am, 05/02/2015

    Thanks Dan, Hope I’m right. I can’t stand Roach but that’s not the reason I hope I’m right. $$$$ are.

  7. Floydfan 11 06:15am, 05/02/2015

    Floyd is going to STOP Pacquiao because of
    Pacquiao’s own aggression. If you are looking
    for a great fight ( DON’T ) Pacquiao is NO MATCH
    for Floyd and right from the start you will see
    it. Floyd has EVERY advantage in this fight
    home field advantage. The MGM doesn’t
    like Bob Arum. Bayless has seen Roach
    accuse him of being in Floyd’s corner.
    The scale is tipped in Floyd’s favor.

  8. Dan Adams 04:30am, 05/02/2015

    Ted, enjoyable read, as always.  I equally respect, and like, both fighters in this one, but I’m going with my fellow American, Floyd Mayweather, for the win.  Personally I think Floyd wins big, for he sure has been training as if he means to make a clear, concise statement regarding his greatness.

  9. Darrell 02:56am, 05/02/2015

    Money wins going away.

  10. gael 10:51pm, 05/01/2015

    Finally.. the fight will be tomorrow.
    Can’t wait for these expert wannabees to be proven wrong as always.
    Marquez and Floyd are 2 different counter punchers.
    Marquez is a mexican warrior who is a courageous counter puncher… willing to take a punch to dish out the counter.
    Floyd on the other hand is a safety first counter puncher.
    Apples and oranges, “experts”.
    Hope Floyd will have the courage to exchange and give a performance worth for what he is payed for.
    It does not matter who wins as long as it is worthy of the “fight of the decade”.

  11. Eric 09:44pm, 05/01/2015

    Just like the Pac-Oscar fight, the predictions are one-sided and most turned out wrong.

  12. Galvar 02:34pm, 05/01/2015

    If only Manny still had that speed… I’m rooting for Manny but Floyd will be too big and too slick.  Manny’s only chance is if he punches Floyd’s shoulder to the point that Floyd quits cause his shoulder falls off.  If I were Floyd, even if I was dominating the fight, I’d make it look like I was struggling but get the win.  This would make a rematch more attractive.  Then he and Manny can make another 300 million and call it a day.

  13. Bill Angresano 01:02pm, 05/01/2015

    PETE WOOD you’ve got it right!!

  14. Old Yank 12:00pm, 05/01/2015

    Weaving a prior article on the quality of the officials for this bout with my prediction that Manny need only steal a few more rounds off Mayweather than Maidana did in their first bout, I remind fans and pundits that Dave Moretti saw Mayweather/Maidana #1, 114-114!

  15. Pete The Sneak 11:25am, 05/01/2015

    Fight Film Collector, that DIONESIA post made me go out and get the LOTRIMIN…Sheesh…LL Cool John, you are correct, let’s hope boxing does not screw this up…The buzz here in NYC is incredible for this fight. I work in the Financial district here in NY and that’s all you hear in the offices, elevators, Lobbys, Deli’s and lunchonettes is “who do you like in the fight tomorrow?” I think the last time I saw this much ado (about something, I hope) in boxing was definitely Ali-Frazier One…Yeah, yeah, I know it’s no comparison to that fight in historical context, however you can’t argue with the world wide interest and attention this fight is garnering. It’s been a long time indeed, so boxing fans, let’s just enjoy and hope after the fight that the infamous, old proverbial boxing saying, ‘Black eye’ does not rear it’s ugly head into print…Peace.

  16. John aka L.L. Cool John 11:05am, 05/01/2015

    Everyone involved in the financial end of this fight would love to see a rematch. A lopsided win for Mayweather would not fair well for these guys doing it once again. Therefore, like Old Yank said above, a draw could well be a possibility. I agree with Ted Sares on his prediction which is Mayweather by UD or MD.
    FYI: I have $100 on Mayweather by KO/TKO. If it happens, I win $620. To bet Mayweather to win is -200. I don’t like to lay those odds. I need a good price.
    ***Note: This fight has been great for the popularity of boxing. The world is watching. I hope boxing officials don’t screw this up.

  17. Kid Blast 10:44am, 05/01/2015

    Holy moly

  18. The Fight Film Collector 10:39am, 05/01/2015

    FROM THE DESK OF DIONESIA DAPIDRAN-PACQUIAO:  “Dear Mr. Froyd,  Thank you for agreeing to box my son.  Manny can now achieve his lifelong dream of much greatness and thus provide for his family, community, country and lawyer people.  I wish to wish you luck, though it will be of no use to you.  You will have your hands full as the tsunami of Manny Pacquiao chases you about the ring.  We know about your shoulder rolling thing, and my boy is ready for that.  We know you will pull his head down, as a pope gives a blessing, but we are prepared for that.  We know that you will run like a Philippine mouse-deer, but you will in fact be a caged rat.  How do I know these things?  Because I have seen these visions during many hours of prayer and these visions I have shared with the Fredrick Roach Coach man.  He will send my son to you, like General Patton sent his tanks.  But know this, Mr. F, where Manny’s mortal attack ends, my spiritual attack begins.  I will dance and pray from ringside.  Not for lightning to strike you down, though I had considered that option.  No I will pray for the smallest curse.  Do I wish your eye be cut?  No.  Do I wish for your right hand to hurt as if punching the ugly statue of Lucile Ball?  No.  Do I wish for your legs to be sleepy?  No.  I will pray the smallest of demons upon you.  The spell will begin in the first round you will notice a tiny discomfort inside your jock strap.  It will be but an itch.  An itch you cannot scratch.  Slowly it will grow.  Soon the itch will become a sting.  You will squirm on you stool between rounds as you visualize a spider, like the baby Alien, upon your balls.  With each passing round, the spider will squeeze ever more.  By the fourth round you will drop your right glove to relieve the itch.  This will be the first of your many mistakes.  Manny’s left will Bingo upon your Devilish face.  Finally as you return to your stool between rounds you cannot take it any longer.  You will lean over to your corner man and beg him to put his hand up your trunks and scratch your balls.  These words will be heard instantly by millions of people around the world and quickly translated in 37 languages.  It will become your legacy.  If it is of any consolation, I too will suffer pain.  My hands will bleed from squeezing tight my rosary cross, and my throat will go dry from chanting my joyful noise.  But of course, I must sacrifice for all others.  Very Truly Yours (Not!), Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao, Official Ringside Mangkukulam”

  19. sthomas 09:30am, 05/01/2015

    I’ll be rooting for Pac like mad.  Unfortuantely my prediction is a well damaged Mayweather wins in a come from behind tko in the late rounds.

  20. Old Yank 08:17am, 05/01/2015

    Does Pacquiao do better than Maidana did in Maidana/Mayweather #1? If the driving sense is that Pacquiao CAN do better than Maidana (and I suspect that most fans and pundits EXPECT Pacquiao to perform better than Maidana), then just how much better than Maidana does Pacquiao need to be to steal a couple of rounds more than Maidana did and pull off the upset?

  21. Kid Blast 07:41am, 05/01/2015

    CG 50 RING experts = oxymoron

  22. Steve 07:15am, 05/01/2015

    Pac wears down Fraud and Fraud quits in the corner by round 12. Sr. Dives onto a ring post and disembowels himself and roger lights up another blunt and knows he will have to move out of the gardeners shed.

  23. Clarence George 07:00am, 05/01/2015

    Pleasantly surprised by the number picking Pacquiao.  While I don’t agree with that prediction myself, it makes for a nice contrast to’s poll of 50 experts, in which 42 pick Mayweather and only six Pacquiao (with two undecided).  An unexpectedly one-sided result.

  24. Eric 06:55am, 05/01/2015

    Kentucky Derby Predictions
    1. Dortmund
    2. American Pharoah
    3. Frosted

  25. Old Yank 06:51am, 05/01/2015

    Duck, goose or circumstance, Mayweather managed to stay out of the ring with Pacquiao when Pacquiao was in his prime.

  26. Kid Blast 06:51am, 05/01/2015

    Jeffrey Sussman has the beat

  27. Old Yank 06:45am, 05/01/2015

    For generations any fighter with the last name of Mayweather has lamented that every southpaw was not drowned at birth. This irrational fear is a curse, and this curse arrives in the form of Manny Pacquiao Saturday night.  In an awkwardly boring bout, Mayweather will spend too much time tucking his head behind his rolled shoulder while Pacquiao quietly steals rounds. Pacquiao by any form of decision. PROVISO: So much money could potentially be wrapped around a rematch that one must consider the unsavory possibility, if not probability of a draw.

  28. Eric 06:33am, 05/01/2015

    Floyd by UD12. Rooting for Pacquiao. Would love to see Pac knockout the wannabe thug, but I have a better shot at winning the Powerball Lottery on Saturday night than that happening.

  29. Looplou 05:45am, 05/01/2015

    You know, I appreciate all the predictions from these analysts, even the Pacquiao predictions for a win, which I disagree with. However, I don’t understand why people still try and perpetuate the falsehood that Mayweather ducked Pac for years. The objective truth is that Manny and Arum backed out of TWO fights. One over PED testing (hmmm, no one really explores that do they,) and the other over the ridiculous reason that Arum needed to build a new stadium! Who was ducking who?! I really don’t respect people that cannot divest their emotionalism from the objective truth, and tell lies concerning fighters.

  30. Laurena 05:31am, 05/01/2015

    Pete the Sneak- thank you for taking the time to comment and I’m glad your prediction is now included in the mix. I hope you’re wrong as well.

  31. Pete The Sneak 05:07am, 05/01/2015

    Good solid predictions by all…My own? Well nothing would please me more than seeing Pac take it right to FMJ and totally knock that $25,000 dollar ‘Hundred Dollar; looking mouthpiece he will be wearing into the lap of one of those folks sitting in the high priced $100,000 ringside seats in Vegas…I say that of course because I’m not wagering on the fight. However, let’s say for the sake of argument I was wagering, then my pick is Mayweather by a close but UD win, as he’ll eventually take more rounds than Pac… Still, If ever I was wrong about a prediction, I hope it’s this one…Peace.

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