Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: "Necessity really is the mother of invention"Written by Joseph Herron
Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao is almost upon us.
With only two weeks remaining until the two ring legends’ highly anticipated showdown, the always-curious boxing media received the opportunity to speak with both camps on April 14 and 15 respectively.
When asked how the pound for pound king envisioned the fight eventually playing out, Floyd Jr. predictably saw things going his way on May 2.
“When I mentally picture the fight, it’s going to be exciting,” stated Floyd Mayweather before Tuesday’s media workout.
“One thing about Floyd Mayweather, I can make adjustments. We’ll see what he brings to the table on May 2. Our styles are totally different. I fight with smarts and every move is calculated. I’m always five or ten steps ahead of my opponent.”
“I don’t know if Manny can make those kinds of adjustments during a fight. He’s a very reckless fighter.”
Although the self-proclaimed “TBE” of boxing characterized Manny as a spontaneously “reckless” fighter, Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame head trainer, Freddie Roach, professed that Floyd’s interpretation isn’t accurate.
According to the seven-time trainer of year, the 2012 knock-out loss to Juan Manuel Marquez actually taught his eight division world champion a very valuable lesson.
“Believe it or not, the KO helped us a lot,” claims Freddie Roach.
“Manny knows he made a mistake and he paid for it. Mentally, he’s never been devastated about getting knocked out, because he knows that it’s part of the sport. But it did raise his awareness in the ring. He’s a much smarter fighter now as a result.”
Since suffering the stoppage loss to the Mexican fight legend, Manny has been impressive; earning virtual shut-outs against Brandon Rios and Chris Algieri, as well as decisively beating a formerly undefeated Tim Bradley. In all three performances, Pacquiao was forced to implement different strategies at various times during each twelve round contest, ultimately neutralizing the numerous strengths of each fighter.
Freddie attributes Pacquiao’s noticeable growth to the brutal knock-out loss.
"I guess necessity really is the mother of invention,” admitted the renowned boxing coach.
"We knew he needed to make changes after that loss. Manny’s willingness to learn more at this stage in his career is really a testament to his character. Floyd’s going to find out that Manny’s a much smarter fighter now.”
And while Freddie heralds his fighter’s increased ring intelligence, the boxing strategist believes Pacquiao’s athletic gifts will ultimately be the primary key to victory.
“When Manny’s in the pocket with Mayweather, he will get in and out very quickly. He has to, because Floyd is also fast and he’s a great counterpuncher. So his foot speed, along with his hand speed, will be crucial in this fight. I don’t really think Floyd has ever seen that before, and I don’t think he’ll be able to handle it on fight night.”
“It’s one thing to watch him on TV and say that he’s fast. But when you’re in the ring with him and he’s moving like that, it’s really, really hard to anticipate his movement. So I think Mayweather is going to have a lot of problems with that.”
“I can’t wait for this fight to start.”
Neither can the entire sporting world. May 2 can’t arrive soon enough.