Now that the Mayweather v. Cotto fight is in the history books, the fans look forward to the ultimate fight between Mayweather v. Pacquiao. This fight could come later on in the year after many details have been ironed out. The details include the fight purse, the venue, the calendar and the fight card. Fight fans weigh in on both sides.
Proponents of Floyd Mayweather argue that he has a skilled defense in the ring as evidenced by the performance against Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao fans would argue that Cotto penetrated Mayweather's defense to bloody the champ throughout the recent fight with Cotto. Floyd Mayweather has a 5 inch reach advantage at 72 inches over 67 inches for Manny Pacquiao and an inch and a half height advantage.
The fight could turn against Mayweather if Pacquiao fights on the inside with a barrage of punches aimed at gaining an early lead on the judges' fight cards. The likelihood of a TKO in this fight is lower because both fighters are skilled ring technicians. Despite getting hit by Miguel Cotto, Floyd showed a lot of skill fending off numerous punches while on the ropes.
The age factor favors Manny Pacquiao in the same way as it did with Miguel Cotto. There is a slight difference in age between Manny and Floyd. As Floyd pushes toward age 40 , the age difference becomes more of a factor.
Pacquiao has won 10 world crowns in 8 weight classes; whereas, Floyd cannot claim that same level of diversity in fighting people of different weights. Both fighters have a skilled defense in the ring, although Manny Pacquiao probably throws more punches quantitatively.
To prevail in a possible upcoming fight against Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather must have a considerable running regimen and sparring practice in his own weight class and lower weight classes. Sparring in the lower weight classes would force Floyd to move faster and develop skills in throwing more punches with greater accuracy. In addition, Floyd must not fight as much on the ropes because judges can't see where and how punches land.
Manny Pacquiao has a considerable training regimen in place already. He moves quickly in the ring and throws many effective punches. Both men can finish 12 rounds without too much trouble.
Manny Pacquiao could win if he succeeds in penetrating the defense of Floyd Mayweather in the same way as Miguel Cotto did in the most recent fight. A Mayweather win could happen if he puts up an effective defense and throws more effective punches than in the fight against Miguel Cotto. Time will provide fight fans with the answer. Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao must beat Bradley for a bigger purse day against Mayweather. The next fight for Manny will be no small task despite the fact that he is favored to win based upon experience in the ring.