Mayweather vs Pacquiao mistake: PacMan fell into that trap
History was made as fight legends Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, boxing's best, finally faced each other in the ring.
(Photo courtesy of HBO Inside Boxing, Will Hart and Ed Mulholland)
And in the end, Floyd Mayweather's hand would be raised in a fight many consider a disaster.
To say it wasn't Ali vs Frazier would be understatement.
For Floyd Mayweather, it was business as usual. He's not exactly 'Rocky Balboa' and most fight fans were, or at least should have been, aware of that going in.
However, many of us were hoping Manny could take 'Money May' out of his comfort zone and into 'deep waters.' After all, Miguel Cotto and Marcos Maidana had some success in that area.
So what happened?
What went wrong?
During the first six rounds, the fight was exciting in spirts as both men made statements. Seemingly stunned early by PacMan's power, Floyd would make the proper adjustments and seperate himself from Manny in the latter rounds.
After Round 6, which Manny won on all three cards, Pacquiao made the same mistake most previous Mayweather opponents made. Instead of trying to create opportunities to mount his attack, as he did early on, he waited for them.
"The mistake Manny made was drop to Mayweather's pace. To fight Mayweather you have to stick to your own pace, and that's something a young fighter would do," stated top level challenger Amir Khan.
Perhaps the shoulder tear impacted Pacquiao in the second half of the bout? Or maybe he was previously clipped hard a few times in the early rounds and became tentative as a result?
Or maybe it was fatigue?
By the end of the fight, somehow, the defensive-oriented Mayweather recorded six more punches thrown than the offensive Pacquiao.
Although easier said than done, a Mayweather opponent who fights at a frenetic pace must never allow himself to get sucked into allowing Floyd to control the tempo; no matter how bad he's losing.
Floyd's gameplan is predicated on dictating a slow-paced fight and stifling an opponent's offense from the very start. He's in his comfort zone when a fight becames a slow, technical, defensive, tit-for-tat punch exchange, especially when facing a smaller opponent.
No matter how frustrated a fighter gets, he must be in excellent condition and attempt to apply pressure, and not deviate from his agenda. And if he brings a 'bag of awkwardness' with him, even better.
On Saturday night, once Pacquiao was resigned to looking and waiting for opportunities instead of forcing them, the fight was over.