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article imageOp-Ed: Why Mayweather will succumb to Pacquiao's power and speed

By Leo Reyes     Feb 15, 2015 in Sports
Floyd Mayweather has never experienced defeat since he turned pro in 1996 when he scored a TKO victory against Roberto Apodaca of Mexico in the second round of his professional boxing début.
In his second fight, he settled for a unanimous decision victory against fellow American Reggie Sanders, but he won his next 13 fights via the short distance except one fight in 1997 when he again settled for a unanimous decision against Larry O'Shields in a six-rounder fight.
Since his last KO win in 1998, Mayweather won most of his fights via the distance, scoring only eight knockouts in the last 16 years.
Two legendary trainers and a former world boxing champion are convinced that Mayweather is no longer the same knockout artist that he was 15 years ago and they believe he would lose against Pacquiao when they clash on what appears to be a fight that will happen on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ignacio "Nacho" Berestain, the trainer of former Pacquiao foe Juan Manuel Marquez, has come out openly saying Mayweather would lose to Pacquiao.
"Pacquiao will definitely win. Pacquiao is just too tough and too strong. Pressure and a lot of punches just beats Floyd up," Berestain told Scoop Malinowski of the Ring Observer.
“It’s a very good, important fight but that fight should not happen,” stated Beristain. “Because I believe Pacquiao will beat Mayweather. You’re gonna take away the glory that has made Mayweather these past years. Mayweather’s style – when he fights someone that pressures him and throws a lot of punches – he just beats (Floyd) up.”
Berestain, who is familiar with Pacquiao's fighting style — having been at Pacquiao's opposite corner many times — made it clear that it won't be an easy fight for Pacquiao, but he's definitely convinced that Pacquiao will defeat Mayweather.
The longtime trainer of Marquez said that Pacquiao is just too tough for Mayweather because he fights and trains very hard for tough fights, unlike Mayweather who takes easy fights.
That is a first-hand view of a well-respected boxing trainer and his observations carry a lot of weight in assessing who really is the best fighter between the two.
From the fighter's point of view, Roberto Duran, a long-reigning champion and a Hall of Fame fighter, shared his thoughts on the long-awaited Pacquaio-Mayweather fight. He said that he has studied both Mayweather and Pacquiao fights and observed that Mayweather had trouble defeating some fighters.
"That fight for me doesn't have the same enthusiasm it had before...I don't know if Pacquiao is scared or if Mayweather is scared...I think Pacquiao would win," Duran said in a recent video interview.
Floyd Mayweather chatting with Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather chatting with Manny Pacquiao
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Berestain and Duran seem to agree that Mayeather has shown signs of slowing down, while Pacquiao appears to have gained enough confidence since his devastating loss to Marquez in 2012.
Pacquiao's accuracy, speed and power are still his best weapons against Mayweather as demonstrated in his recent fight against Brandon Rios and Chris Algieri.
"Pacquiao will beat Floyd with his performance against Algieri," Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said.
"He can't move, his legs are shot, he's a washed up, old fighter. We'll knock out Floyd. Manny did well and hopefully the Mayweather fight happens. And I look forward at getting him ready for that," he added.
Like Berestain and Duran, Roach also talked about Pacquiao's speed and power and they all agree that Pacquiao will deliver Mayweather's first loss in his pro career.
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
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