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article imageOp-Ed: Pacquiao, Floyd's Attitude to Fans Reflects Their Boxing Style

By Edwin Ladaga     Jan 6, 2010 in Sports
The fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather is currently being labelled as a classic encounter between a superb boxer and a relentless stalker. How these two boxers relate to the viewing public has a lot to do with how they fight inside the ring.
Pacquiao mentioned in one interview that he has a responsibility to please the boxing public. His view is that boxing is entertainment. This attitude reflects his fighting style inside the ring. "Manny Pacquiao performs," said noted boxing historian Bert Sugar.
The Filipino boxing superstar has a reputation of being a banger who wears down his opponents with a punishing two fisted attack. Manny had an iron chin, which he puts in full display during his fight with Miguel Cotto. He goes for a knockout when opportunity sets in. He is a perennial crowd pleaser.
Mayweather Jr. has his own fans too. Most of them are die-hard boxing fans who knows the art of the sweet science very well. The craft of boxing that Floyd Jr. possesses is not easy to attain and those boxers who are just starting are a great fan of his. But Mayweather doesn't care if the casual boxing public yawns during his match. He is there to fight his own fight and win according to the way he fights.
Mayweather wins fight through his tight defense. He uses the guerrilla tactic of hit and run. He is ready to pump his piston-like jab and wear down a fighter in the mold of Pacquiao, who had taken down great fighters like De la Hoya and Cotto. He waits for his opponents to make a mistake and capitalizes on it just like what he did to Ricky Hatton.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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