I'm "still" not quite sure what the hell I'm looking at everytime I re-visit "The Matrix". There they are, staring at that screen with what appears to be streaming green hieroglyphs, and fully comprehending what they see with clarity. Then they get in "The Matrix", and can't figure it out.
Or beat it.
Then he hung him out to dry.
While Canelo's stock didn't really drop all that much (He's 23, will learn bigtime, and probably get Carlos Molina next for another title), Mayweather's stayed about where it was. There was not a lot of divide as to whether or not he'd beat Alvarez, and he's more than likely the prohibitive favorite going into his next bout at age 37 against anyone he'd face. That includes Manny Pacquiao.
That's also a problem.
When you write about or speak on anything that requires objectivity, well you need to be just that. Many journalists that cover the sport of boxing are reluctant to chide Mayweather for reasons all their own. He's a very sensitive sort, who won't even allow his likeness on video games, for fear he'd be beaten in a game.
In reality- he can be beaten.
Because we haven't seen it, many just don't believe it. It is for this reason that Floyd reminds me a lot of Roy Jones Jr. in many ways. I'll never forget Roy's reaction to the challenge of Antonio Tarver. He was always very brash and egotistical, but there was something about Tarver that left him undone. The same thing applies with Floyd in relation to Pacquiao. He loses his mind everytime he's mentioned.
Antonio was always very forward in his belief that he'd beat Roy. He had good speed, really good power, was ballsy, had a good chin, decent foot speed, strong technical skills and fought as a southpaw. Morpheous believed there was an answer out there for Agent Smith, and there is an answer for Floyd Mayweather. For those actually really, really seeking the chance to see Floyd Mayweather lose, only Manny Pacquiao can do this at 147lbs (neither of them are super welterweights). He is the only fighter on the planet who can, and probably would, beat him.
DE-CODING THE MATRIX.
I know what you're thinking (some of you anyway)... "You said Canelo would beat Mayweather!!!" You're right. A part of me even hoped he would. And since I'm on a roll with honesty let me butter it with this, many so-called objective journalists were "hoping" Mayweather would win while hiding it. And they get paid to write too.
I said prior to this past weekend's bout that it wouldn't shock me if Mayweather won, but I'd be very surprised. I even wrote a piece detailing how Floyd would win if he did- and I was pretty close. I just didn't see Alvarez waiting as much as he did, and didn't think his feet would be that heavy.
On March 13th of 2010, Manny Pacquiao fought a very big welterweight in Joshua Clottey. Clottey was strong, quick (while not Floyd-like quick), powerfully built, and a wall of defense. If you'll recall that date, this was supposed to be the date of Pacquiao vs. Mayweather before scandal erupted.
I think Pacquiao would've beaten Mayweather then and I think he'll beat him now.
Pacquiao is the only fighter that Floyd Sr. has publicly stated he wants his son to avoid- and Floyd listens to his father. The last time Floyd faced a truly fast and athletic southpaw, was 2006, when he faced Zab Judah. Judah, never quite an "A" list fighter, partly due to his stamina issues, gave Floyd hell for about seven rounds. He should've been credited for a knockdown, and clearly demonstrated a competitive balance.
Fast forward to present day 2013 and the current state of affairs.
Pacquiao has been stopped by arch-nemesis Marquez, and now Floyd has beaten Guerrero and Canelo. On the surface, this spells Floyd all day over Pacquiao. Au contraire. Pacquiao would beat up and maul Robert Guerrero, but I think Manny would be in a lot of trouble with Canelo.
Floyd has been keen to tell the public to look at his fight with Marquez and then look at Manny with Marquez- but that's misleading and he knows it. That's like Manny saying: "Look at my fight with Oscar and look at his- of course I can beat Mayweather. Look at my fight with Cotto and his, its a no brainer."
Another thing about referencing the Marquez fight, is referencing Mosley. Floyd was "one-punch" away from being knocked out in round 2, and on my mother's soul I would've still told anyone that Floyd is the better fighter. He just happened to recover and prove it. But Manny was never hurt by Mosley...
And so what?!?
Pacquiao is everything that Judah represents from the southpaw stance and more. He himself is a matrix of sorts in there, in constant motion, and has special footwork. In fact, he's faster and lighter in the area of feet than Mayweather, and is always seeking offense. He will counterpunch, but he likes to find a way to be "first" all the time. He's lightening quick, a powerful combination puncher, has an iron will, doesn't fatigue like Judah did, and extremely durable. Only Pacquiao prepares for a fight as hard as Floyd does, and let's not forget he's two years younger.
I think of Floyd and Pacquiao as a fight between a Mongoose (Pacquiao) and a Cobra (Mayweather). Pacquiao would know that he's dealing with a singular striker for the most part and keep him on the defensive. A Mongoose is also equipped with a natural anti-venom, and is immune to a Cobra's poison. Mayweather is highly unlikely to stop Pacquiao, and if he destroys Brandon Rios, this fight must happen.
Just like Morpheus knew there was a "Neo" for Agent Smith, I believe Pacquiao is "The One" who can de-code "The Matrix" that is Floyd Mayweather.
C'mon Floyd do it for Zion.