Note: This is an open response to fight writer Frank Lotierzo, from The Sweet Science, and his article "Mayweather-Pacquiao A Reality If Manny Beats Rios"
More than any other writer that covers the sport of boxing, I think I respect you the most. Your detailed and insightful observations are always so astute, and I really appreciate that about your style.
It inspired me to write about the sport I'm so passionate about, and endeavor to become an accomplished journalist. I'm trying (lol).
I've had other occasions to talk to you about the possibility of a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight some time ago, and I can see that your position remains the same. I haven't changed my point of view regarding the outcome of such a fight either, nor my feelings as to why it hasn't happened.
To your point, having seemingly swung public sentiment in his favor because of his showings since May of 2012 until now, Mayweather would seem the prohibitive favorite over Pacquiao, while providing evidence that a fight with Manny isn't necessary.
But that doesn't make any sense. Miguel Cotto was a "leftover" (as Floyd would say), and a damaged one at that- because of Pacquiao's 12th round destruction of him. We'll get to Guerrero in a minute, and I fully commend him for his clinical exhibition over Canelo.
But given his emotional reaction to all things Pacquiao, even right now, if "you" asked him about Pacquiao, is all the evidence anyone needs. His father has "NEVER" relented in his position that he thinks Pacquiao should be avoided.
Think about that Frank.
This after lawsuits successfully rendered against the Mayweathers, Twitter vitriol and scorn, and countless other attempts to diminish Manny Pacquiao. The hollow comparison of his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, one he manipulated on the scales, is about as hollow as it would be if Pacquiao were to offer a comparison to his fight with Oscar De La Hoya, or Mayweather's near knockout loss to Shane Mosley.
This is just a thought and an opinion, as is yours regarding the outcome of a fight between these two. But if Manny runs roughshod over Brandon Rios as I expect him to in about 2 months, the opportunity to see why Floyd avoided Manny would finally surface.
Mayweather, who is sound of body but built for stealth, has never been designed defensively for what Pacquiao presents offensively. His posture, and the way he positions himself with his raised left shoulder, while having the right cover his chin, places him in the direct line of fire for Pacquiao's left-handed assault. Pacquiao is faster than him in combination punching and his footwork is more dynamic than Floyd's.
A careful analysis of Mayweather's fights with southpaws "Chop Chop" Corley, Zab Judah, and the aborted farce with Victor Ortiz will reveal deficiencies in Mayweather's defense against a southpaw. Robert Guerrero was a slow and plodding blown-up super lightweight that Pacquiao would've destroyed, so he doesn't count here.
Its a punishing fight for both men, but moreso Mayweather, because he would not be able to defense or predict the punch sequence of Pacquiao or his movement. All signs point to Pacquiao being very vocal about his desire to face- and stop Floyd Mayweather, should he stir fry Brandon Rios in China.
The question is: Will Floyd sign an actual contract in response?
We will see.