It’s almost unbelievable that the biggest fight in the history of boxing has yet to be made. As long as Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are active, we will always wonder “What if?” The general public could care less as to why this fight hasn’t happened yet, all that matters is if and when it will happen. Obviously, the longer this cold war goes on, the more likely it is that this super fight between two of the best will never happen. Nevertheless, we can still debate. And that’s what this week’s installment of “The Great Debate” is all about. Francisco Salazar (Mayweather) and Andreas Hale (Pacquiao) explain why they think their fighter would win. After you read both sides of the argument, vote in the poll and take to the comment section to make your case.
By Francisco Salazar
Floyd Mayweather is coming up on having fought as a professional for half of his life. He just turned 37 years of age on Monday and made his professional debut at the age of 19.
He could fight until he is 40 and is likely to remain the unbeaten fighter that he is today. While casual fight fans clamor for a fight against Manny Pacquiao that will not happen anytime soon.
But what if they were to step inside the ring and fight for the title of best pound for pound fighter on the planet?
Not only would it probably generate the greatest gate in the history of the sport, but it could decide once and for all the water-cooler debates of who is the best fighter.
That would be Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
Shocked? Surprised? Disagree?
Well, in my opinion, it is not much of a surprise. When you look at all the intangibles of each fighter, Mayweather will likely have his hand raised.
Still do not agree? Let me explain.
Mayweather has the better defense of the two. Mayweather is an expert in the shoulder-roll, which frustrates opponents in that they rarely hit him square to the face. He also has the ability to not get hit flush to the head and has demonstrated a tremendous chin, even against some of the more devastating punchers in the sport throughout his career.
Some of you may have looked up that Mayweather suffered a knockdown years ago against Carlos Hernandez. True, but in the Hernandez fight, Mayweather landed a punch, fractured his hand, and momentarily bent over and his glove touched the canvas. Mayweather was never hurt in the fight.