Like many boxing fans, Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya would love to see the highly anticipated Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao super-fight.
De La Hoya is in awe of Mayweather’s work ethic, and he expects it to lead to success in a potential bout against Pacquiao. “The Golden Boy” thinks a fight between the two would be quite entertaining, even though the odds favor Mayweather.
“We’ve worked with Mayweather now for the last six of his fights,” De La Hoya said during a recent interview with NBC Sports Network. “Great fighter, great athlete, great reflexes. … I think stylistically, Mayweather has the upper hand because of the fact that he’s faster and that he’s more precise. Pacquiao, he’s a machine. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a tremendous fighter. It would be a tremendous fight. But I would give the edge to Mayweather.”
De La Hoya picking Floyd Mayweather over Manny Pacquiao isn’t really surprising, considering how good “Money” looked during his last outing against Miguel Cotto. Instead of sticking to his strengths and out-boxing Cotto, Floyd decided to mix things up inside against the Puerto Rican, leading to one of the most entertaining fights of his career.
Pacquiao on the other hand has been unimpressive lately, getting out-boxed in his third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. He did a little better in his last outing against undefeated Timothy Bradley, but the performance didn’t earn him any new fans. Pacquiao ended up losing a controversial decision to Bradley, and he only has himself to blame, considering the fact he had multiple opportunities to finish the fight.
The Filipino congressman would have been wise to accept Mayweather’s earlier offers to fight, but he brought an end to their first round of negotiations due to his unwillingness to undergo Olympic style drug testing (OSDT).
With his June 9 loss against Bradley – and his poor PPV numbers, Pacquiao will now have to dance to Mayweather tune, if he ever wants to test his skills against boxing’s pound-for-pound king.
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David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.