Before Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao block off in their long-awaited showdown May 2 during a MGM Grand in Las Vegas — in what is approaching to be a richest quarrel in fighting story — everybody has an opinion on a fight, of course.
But there are 5 group whose opinion and views should be taken some-more severely than anyone else’s. They are a 5 common opponents Mayweather and Pacquiao share: Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Mayweather is 5-0 opposite them; Pacquiao is 6-1-1. So what do these five, all expected Hall of Famers (De La Hoya was inducted final year), consider about a quarrel of a century?
Oscar De La Hoya
Against Mayweather: Lost by separate preference on May 5, 2007. They had talked about a showdown between Mayweather and De La Hoya for years, and when it finally came together, a universe was examination one of a many heavily hyped fights in history. Following a large five-month graduation and an 11-city cross-country media tour, Mayweather jumped adult to youth middleweight and claimed De La Hoya’s pretension in a cat-and-mouse fighting compare that gave Mayweather a pretension in his fifth division. While De La Hoya attempted to vigour him, Mayweather stranded to his devise and outboxed him in a split-decision feat (116-112 and 115-113 for Mayweather and a inexhaustible 115-113 for De La Hoya). At a time, a quarrel set countless records, including $165 million in sum revenue, $134.4 million in PPV revenue, 2.4 million PPV buys and a live embankment of $18,419,200.
Against Pacquiao: Lost by TKO8 on Dec. 6, 2008. Making a pierce all a approach adult to welterweight, Pacquiao finished a warrior of a year debate in fantastic conform as he simply dissapoint “The Golden Boy.” The win was Pacquiao’s third of 2008 (two for titles) in his third multiplication and done him something of a modern-day Henry Armstrong, a pound-for-pound fable who 70 years progressing concurrently hold titles in 3 divisions. Although many noticed De La Hoya as a large favorite since of a viewed large distance difference, it had no temperament on a fight. The faster and stronger Pacquiao evenly wore him down before De La Hoya’s dilemma mercifully stopped a quarrel after 8 unilateral rounds of punishment.
Breakdown: “When it initial got done we went with Floyd. Floyd hands down,” pronounced De La Hoya, who was a biggest star in fighting when he faced them, thereby assisting put them over with a open and launch them to superstardom. “As I’m starting to see clips of Pacquiao training and see a glow in his eye and declare a speed, he is looking fast. He’s looking like a aged Pacquiao. If a Pacquiao shows adult that kick me on May 2 afterwards Mayweather is in trouble.