It’s On:Pac-Man vs. Money Mayweather

An Afro-Asian Eclipse!

 

 Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquaio!

Versus

Pretty Boy Floyd

 

Come on wit it!!!

 

Well folks, this is the one boxing wise guys and die hard fans have been waiting for.  The best two fighters in the world pound for pound are finally going to square off in the ring.  This time we are certain to witness the real deal.  Understandably many fans have adopted a wait and see attitude, because we have been hyped up for super fights in the last bouts of both men and were presented with a dud.  But only fools throw out the baby with the bath water.  The reason why the last two fights looked like mis -matches is easy to explain: they were mismatches! 

However this is not to suggest that the promoters acted in bad faith.  They had every right to expect a great fight, for the last opponents of Mayweather and Pacquiao were great fighters in their own right.  Miguel Cotto and Jaun Marquez both had a host of victories and world championship belts to prove it.  What their one sided victories against these opponents proves is that Mayweather and Pacquaio are in a class by themselves.  That’s why guys who look like world beaters against other opponents seem like bums once they enter the square ring with them.

Since both “Pretty Boy” Floyd and Manny P. are boxer punchers with exquisite skills and miles of heart, it is hard to envision a scenario where a match between them can fail to fulfill our wildest fantasies.   For of all the possible fights one can imagine among today’s pugilist population this one has no rivals for dream match of the year.  Since both fighters are full of piss and pride, mucho machos, it is safe to assume the fight will be distinguished by non-stop action performed with a near flawless virtuosity.  In other words, while most boxing matches can justly be described as a barbaric public spectacle where two brutes bludgeon each other into a bloody mess until one stumbles and falls or time runs out on the bout, this match will remind us what E.B. Leibling meant when he coined the term “Sweet Science” to describe artistry of pugilism.

 A Scientist at Work

 

Taking Marquez apart with devastating precision

Marvelous Manny Rocks the Rugged Cotto!

 

An Intrepid Artist of destruction!

 Based on the tale of the tape and their record in the ring, this is not an easy fight to predict.  Yet the fact remains that Mayweather has never lost a fight in forty matches, winning 25 by knockout.  And he also has no draws in winning six world titles. Pacquiao on the other hand has been defeated three times, fought two draws and was knocked out twice!  The “Pac-Man” has twice met Juan Manuel Marquez in world title fights. The first fight was for the world Feather-Weight Championship and ended in draw, which left the title in Marquez’s possession.  Their second meeting was for the Super-Feather Weight championship of the world, and the Pac-Man won a close and controversial decision.  Yet of Pacquiao’s 50 wins 38 were by knockout.  And he is the only fighter to win seven world titles in different weight divisions. 

As the situation stands Pac-Man is presently rated by boxing handicappers as the “best in the world pound for pound” and Pretty boy is rated second.  Since I am notorious for keeping my on counsel when all around me are following the crowd, going for the okey doke masquerading as expertise, I’m stepping out on a limb here and putting my money on “Money” Mayweather to prevail – cause game recognizes game.  Since I too am undefeated in my chosen arena of combat – the polemical battles of the punditry – I just can’t see Pretty Boy Floyd losing to this little guy any more than I could envision myself losing a debate to right wing verbal bullies like Pat Buchanan and Bill O’Reily.  

Ironically, Marquez is a great fighter in his own right, the real deal not just hype, but did an El-foldo in there with Mayweather because he was outclassed not an absence of heart.  Given the trouble the Pac-Man had with Marquez I can envision no scenario where he can prevail over Pretty Boy Floyd, who is almost as deadly with his fist as his namesake was with his Thompson Sub-Machine Gun!  I’m Calling it for Mayweather by unanimous decision or a knockout!  Remember you heard it here first.

 

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Playthell Benjamin

Harlem, New York

December 2009

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