Mayweather is facing Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico on May 5 for the WBA super welterweight crown while Pacquiao is set to collide with unbeaten Timothy Bradley on June 9 for the WBO welterweight title.
Mayweather and Pacquiao are facing tough opponents but it appears Mayweather is in for a tough fight when he squares off with Miguel Cotto
while fight fans predict an easy fight for Pacquiao against Bradley.
When Mayweather fought Victor Ortiz in September 2011, he was coming off 16 months of inactivity from the time he fought Shane Mosley in May 2010.
Certainly the "rust" that had accumulated in his body for one-and-a-half years was hardly shaken as the fight ended in the fourth round when Mayweather put Ortiz down with a powerful unobstructed shot, which happened while Ortiz was waiting for a signal from referee Joe Cortez to resume fighting.
Mayweather has been criticized for unsportsmanlike behavior but he said in an interview after the fight that what he did was legal, quoting a established boxing rule that say in part—“to protect yourself at all times.""We touched gloves and we were back to fighting and then I threw the left and right hand after the break," Mayweather said
, "In the ring you have to protect yourself at all times."
Since his fight with Ortiz was just a little over three rounds, Mayweather may have failed to shake off the rust from his body.
Disregarding the Ortiz fight due to its bizarre ending, Mayweather has spent 23 months of inactivity and certainly it would affect his endurance.
Actual competition in the ring is much more difficult and slightly different from sparring sessions inside a gym where the boxer uses protective gear.
The long layoff from actual ring competition will take its toll on Mayweather as he faces Miguel Cotto, a very experienced, powerful and determined fighter.
Boxing critics say Mayweather made a mistake in choosing Cotto for his May 5 fight. Cotto is a very powerful boxer and certainly it would be a very tough fight for the the unbeaten champ.
Meanwhile Pacquiao, who is on his 15-fight winning streak, is favored to win over Timothy Bradley. A little over two months from fight night, Pacquiao is currently a 5-1 favorite to win over the Palm Springs star.
Although Bradley is unbeaten in 29 professional fights, he has not proven his worth against topnotch opponents in the welterweight division. Fight fans say he is just an overrated fighter and certainly not a worthy opponent of Pacquiao at this time.
Other than Devon Alexander, Nate Campbell, Joel Casamayor and Lamont Peterson, the Palm Springs fighter has earned his unbeaten record against less capable fighters in the early part of his professional career.
Informed of Bradley's hit and run fight plan, Pacquiao said
he will put up a good good fight for the the fans. Bradley has nowhere to hide even if he runs, Pacquiao added.