Originally Posted by mathed
Floyd is not the p4p king.......or else he would be ranked that way, no?
Mayweather does not throw enough punches to open himself up to get hit. There is a reason he doesn't want to fight Pac. He is too defensive to be productive against Pac, he would lose because of getting outworked. Floyd is a great fighter but he has dooooooped a ton of people into believing that he in unbeatable..this is not the case. This fight in particular illustrates this.
He takes on a YOUNG, PRIME, HUNGRY fighter with a belt..."Wow Floyd is taking on the toughest challenge of his career!!!!!!", scream the faithful Floyd followers. The reality is, Ortiz did give up in a fight before (questions linger regarding his heart), he struggled greatly against Peterson (a boxer-counter puncher like Floyd), he swings wide (this is the most important one for me). Floyd will counter Ortiz with ease to win the UD.
The underlying story is that on paper, it looks great for Floyd- taking on such a tough challenger, while the reality is that Ortiz is still pretty green, never, ever fought in a PPV fight before, fighting in "Mayweatherville", having Mayweather's favorite referee in there to keep Floyd safe, and is an easy target for Floyd's right hand.
All points to another perceived career-defining win for Mayweather that is full of underlying advantages that are trumpted by the surface features.
Very good. However, let's keep in mind that fighters do tend to rise to the occasion when the situation calls for it. Many fighters perform at a higher level when they know they must step their game up on a bigger stage. They tend to work harder than they ever have.
At this point, Vic has little to lose, is still basking in the limelight, proud of his performance in his last outing, knows Floyd is at a higher level than his previous opponents, and the money is much better now than before.
I could be wrong about Vic. He might just show up to collect his check and couldn't give a damn what people think of his performance as long as he gets paid.
As far as Floyd losing to Pacquiao -- not even Arum is confident Pacquiao could beat Floyd. He knows Floyd is taking that fight very personal.