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article imageOp-Ed: Why Zab Judah can't help Floyd Mayweather win over Manny Pacquiao

By Leo Reyes     Mar 8, 2015 in Sports
Brooklyn born and former undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah cannot help Floyd Mayweather in his quest to remain undefeated against Manny Pacquiao on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather has hired Judah, a southpaw like Pacquiao, to be his sparring partner while training for his fight against the Filipino star.
Apparently, Mayweather hired Judah because he is a southpaw but he may have forgotten that Judah doesn't fight and move like Pacquiao.
Judah, who lost to Mayweather via a unanimous decision in 2006, is one of the better southpaws Mayweather fought in his pro career. Among the southpaws Mayweather fought, Judah was the most competitive as he appeared to have knocked down Mayweather in the second round of their fight almost 10 years ago.
According to Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions, who promoted Mayweather for 10 years (from 1996-2006),, Mayweather had difficulty fighting southpaws.
"I promoted the guy for ten years and I know how difficult it was to get him in the ring with any southpaw. When you talk about a southpaw who can move like Manny, that's not the kind of opponent that Mayweather feels he would do well against. That's the problem. If Manny agreed to fight right-handed, the fight would be agreed in five minutes," Arum said.
Mayweather has a fairly good reputation against highly rated southpaws including Robert Guerrero, Victor Ortiz and DeMarcus Corley, aside from Judah.
But these southpaws are far behind Pacquiao in terms of speed that these southpaws do not possess.
Still, Judah seems like a bad choice as Mayweather's sparring partner because he is far from being a copycat of Pacquiao and he doesn't have the foot and hand speed of the eight-division world champ. Judah's agility and mobility in the ring would not even measure up to 50 percent of Pacquiao's speed.
But Judah is confident he can mimic Pacquiao to give Mayweather enough options to neutralize Pacquiao's speed and power.
"I go hard. Anybody that knows me, they know that Zab is going to bring the best of his ability. For me to go in there and give Floyd so-so work is not helping him. If you're going to help him, come in there and give him the dominance that Manny is going to bring -- the good power, the good speed, the angles, the good movement -- and allow him to learn from those things," Judah said.
While Judah can provide Mayweather with the stance of a real southpaw, the unbeaten champ cannot find the speed of Pacquiao with Judah as his sparring partner.
What Mayweather should have done was to look around for a guy who has the hand and foot speed of Pacquiao. He doesn't have to be a power puncher like Judah, Guerrero or Ortiz. The goal is to get him prepared for a rapid attack by Pacquiao both inside and out which could be fatal for Mayweather if he cannot survive it.
Speed is what counts in the upcoming Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. If Mayweather can survive Pacquiao's speed, he could stay unbeaten and count Pacquiao as his 47th victim on May 2.
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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