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article imageIron Mike Tyson explains why Pacquiao will beat Mayweather

By Marcus Hondro     Mar 14, 2015 in Sports
Floyd Mayweather is a master of defence, one of the greatest, but he won't triumph over Manny Pacquiao unless he puts defence on the backburner and gets to throwing punches. Lots of them. That's the word from Mike Tyson, who is backing the Pacman.
Mike Tyson backs Pacquiao
Iron Mike, the Boxing Hall of Fame fighter who retired in 2005 with a record of 50-6-2, was talking on a show he puts up on YouTube called 'Mike Tyson Presents...:". It's an informal, short-ish clip of Tyson talking about boxing matters of the day and is also up on his website,
Tyson uses the phrase "perpetual motion" perpetually when he talks about Pacquiao's style but for Mayweather he uses phrases like "scientific fighter" who "plots a lot" and "sits around." Mayweather must come out fighting in the first two rounds, Tyson believes, or he'll start off in a hole.
He thinks Mayweather has to change and get up to the kind of punches per round that Timothy Bradley and Juan Gabriel Marquez are capable of, noting those fighters had success against Pacquiao with their style (Pacquiao is 1-1 against Bradley and 2-1-1 against Marquez).
Tyson: Mayweather must change style
It's not the first time this week he spoke of how the fight will go down. The Daily Mail in the U.K. had extensive quotes from Iron Mike that touched on the same theme of Pacquiao's "perpetual motion" and Mayweather's measured style.
"I thought from the start that Pacquiao is going to win. This guy is perpetual motion. He comes from every angle. He's all energy. Always throwing punches. Never stops," Tyson said. "Floyd tucks in and picks his shots and he is more accurate. But he doesn't throw anything like Manny's hundred punches a round.
"It's unlikely he can knock Manny out so if he wants to win he's got to change. Unless he throws more punches he can’t win the rounds."
Mayweather: measured success
Are Mayweather and his trainer, father Floyd Mayweather Sr., listening to Tyson? Not likely given Mayweather sits at 47-0 and has gotten there by exercising patience in his bouts, by picking his spots. Why would he change for one fight, albeit the biggest of his career against the most dangerous fighter he's faced?
Mayweather doesn't throw 100 punches a round - it is not even close - but a more measured style obviously has not harmed him given that record. Besides, he has the highest plus/minus record in boxing, meaning number of punches thrown and landed, subtracted from the amount thrown and landed on him. In CompuBox's 2014 rankings Mayweather is a +24, in first place. Pacquiao, for all his perpetual motion, is in 9th with a +10.
And while Marquez, who as Tyson noted throws a lot, had success against Pacquiao, in his only meeting with Mayweather, Mayweather beat him handily, landing 59 percent of 490 punches compared to Marquez, who landed only 12 percent of 583 punches.
Mike Tyson though is convinced the number of punches thrown will be the deciding factor that will see Mayweather lose for the first time in his career. "That's just my opinion," Tyson said.
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