Manny Pacquiao is favored to win his upcoming fight with "Hitman Hatton" on May 2nd, setting up a prospective showdown with Pretty Boy Floyd sometime in the fall - to end the decade of the 2000s.
Manny has beaten multiple boxing legends: Barrera, Morales, Marquez, de la Hoya. Floyd has dominated his entire career, and most of his fights, he has been flawless.
Before and After
If both men place ink on the contract, the match can once and for all decide who is the greatest boxer of this generation. In music terms, you had the music industry before Elvis’ arrival and after. You had rock music before Nirvana and after. You had rap music before Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” album and after. These events reshaped the industry. In the fight arena, you have boxing before Mayweather vs. Pacquiao - and you have boxing after. The sport's advisors surrounding these men are the best in the world at making money at boxing. How might such a fight be marketed?
Might it be billed as “For All-Time Greatness.” Like in the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, winning this fight earns the fighter the exceptionally rare Golden Ticket that provides a pass to boxing immortality – only Robinson, Ali, Marciano, Armstrong, Leonard, Duran, Chavez have entered the exclusive Parthenon.
Floyd's present retirement, and Manny's flash in the media, is making the public clamor for it. Is this by design?
Mayweather has stated that he is the best ever, surpassing even the legends. The public has showered Manny with higher popularity. The match can generate at least $40 million – possibly $50 million - split between two fighters.
A contrast in fight approach awaits:
May: Step back, block, hold, accurate counterpunch after counterpunch
Shaolin (long-range fighting)
Pac: Move forward, left attack, right attack, block
White Crane (four principles of hurt, evade, penetrate and intercept)
May: Constant left shoulder block defense, unpredictable counter punch angles
Praying Mantis (close range fighting, offensive blocking, and sudden, whip-like attacks on vital organs)
Pac: Bobbing and weaving forward attack, unpredictable left or right, upper or lower targeted punch
Dragon (combination of hard and soft attacks)
May: Talks trash prior to match
Pac: Praises opponent prior to match
May: Dares to be one of the best
Pac: Dares to tackle the biggest challenges
May: Gifted boxer / athlete
Monkey style (unusual/unpredictable hopping, comical, and lethal defense)
Pac: Relentless, quick puncher
Tiger (power fighting)
Any sport’s monumental moment are always transcendent – the stakes are at its maximum, the stage as epic, that fans and observers are inspired beyond the boxing itself.
A lifetime of grueling challenges tax the mind, flesh, and spirit beyond what anyone in the sport has previously experienced. And all of that preparation culminates on the grandest stage, in front of hundreds of millions, wrapped and absorbed in a televised do-or-die struggle.
The intensity of the curiosity in proportion to the magnitude of history producing its very best. When one fighter receives a savage blow into his ribcage, his camp share the pain.
When he retaliates with a screaming right hook, his followers jump off their seats, and swing in near-unison.