Mayweather vs Pacquiao prediction: Evander Holyfield's outlandish philosophyWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Earlier this month, boxing legend Mike Tyson chimed in on the fight everyone has been talking about, Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao on May 2.
Via a video on You Tube, an animated Tyson suggested Floyd would have to be more offensive than usual to stay undefeated.
He also stated he believed Manny's speed, footwork and ability to fight from angles while remaining in perpetual motion would be too much for Floyd to overcome.
Now, former Tyson rival and future Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield has joined Tyson in siding with Manny Pacquiao in the latter's quest to dethrone boxing's pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather... But for different reasons.
"Mayweather won't win, because from what I've seen, boxing doesn't want nobody to get out [of the sport] undefeated," Holyfield predicted via Sports on Earth.
"They want to keep the money in the sport by doing things to make it happen this way: Somebody beats the man, and then somebody beats the man who beat the man, and then somebody beats the man who beat the man who beat the man who beat the man."
"So I'll tell you what's going to happen, because it's going to be a close fight."
"Yeah, it'll be close, and Pacquiao is going to get the decision. Then it's going to be a matter of whether Mayweather is going to fight again, whether he feels like he has made enough money to say, 'I ain't got to fight.'"
Evander predicts Manny will get the benefit of the doubt in a close fight because the 'powers that be' think a Mayweather loss would be better for the sport. Hence, maybe there would even be a rematch.
But what if there's a knockout, Evander?
And what if Floyd floors Pac-Man three times and pitches a proverbial shut-out? Certainly the judges wouldn't gift Manny a decision because that would be bad for the sport.
If the fight is close, as Evander suggests, Mayweather's perfect record (47-0) and the ultimate outcome will more likely hinge on the style two of the three judges prefer than a pre-conceived plot to ensure Floyd's first loss.
Who remembers Pacquiao's third bout with Juan Manuel Marquez? JMM's punches appeared more flush and authoritative while Manny's work-rate (punches thrown/landed) was higher. In the end, Pacquiao won a majority decision, as two of three judges obviously made Pacquiao's activity rate the deciding factor in the close rounds... and there were at least seven close rounds.
There is no conspiracy to ensure Floyd's first loss. If Pacquiao hands Floyd his first defeat, he will have done so because at least two judges felt he won the bout fairly.
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