Mayweather vs Pacquiao predictions for their superfight Saturday May 2nd in Las Vegas would indicate that the 2 to 1 betting favorite Floyd Mayweather is going to dominate Manny Pacquiao. Despite the betting line many Mayweather vs Pacquiao predictions agree that Pacquiao is the harder puncher but is it warranted? Mayweather, 47-0, 26 KO’s, was regarded as a hard puncher coming up the ranks but has not registered a knockout since he sucker punched Victor Ortiz in September of 2011. Manny Pacquiao, 57-5-2, 38 KO’s, is still regarded by experts to be one of the hardest pound-4-pound punchers in the sport despite the fact that he has not scored a KO since his 12th round stoppage of Miguel Cotto in November of 2009. The stats indicate that in all likelihood this fight will go the distance but which of these men carry more weight in their fists? ESPN2 News betting experts give our boxing picks on who has the edge in punching power. Mayweather vs Pacquiao Odds Moneyline has Pacquiao as a +195 underdog (Bet $100 to win $195) at SPORTSBOOK.ag
Mayweather vs Pacquiao Predictions Analysis: “Money” Mayweather, 37, punches harder than experts think despite the fact that he is not known as a bomber. Mayweather’s punches are lightning quick which makes their impact more devastating. Some fighters punch harder with age as their footspeed deteriorates and they forced to dig in and slug. Mayweather has diminished footspeed and now sits down on his punches better than he did early in his career. Mayweather can stand his ground with good punchers (Mosley, Cotto, Maidana) and can throw every punch in the book with leverage and balance.
Manny Pacquiao, 36, is still a very hard puncher to both the head and body with either hand. The Filipino southpaw generates tremendous momentum into his punch with his tree trunk sized calf muscles. Pacquiao’s tenacity and hyper active punch-volume also make his power even more difficult for opponents to handle. Pacquiao’s best combination is his jab, jab, straight-left with his vaunted left the punch that has made him a rich man. From a physical standpoint, “Pac-Man” has shrunk since leaving strength coach Alex Ariza. Pacquiao was an imposing welterweight with Ariza and is now a blown up jr. welterweight, which has decreased his power. Mayweather vs Pacquiao Odds Moneyline have the Over/Under at 11.5 Rounds with the Over at -300 at SPORTSBOOK.ag
ESPN2 News Bottom Line: Pacquiao has a tad more heat on his fastball but Mayweather is not a feather-fisted fighter by any means. It has been rumored that Floyd iced one of his sparring partners early in camp and his straight-right hand is as accurate as a laser guided missile. With 8 oz. gloves on Pacquiao’s power advantage will not be quite as big as perceived by most boxing picks sharps.
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