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The Tornado Report from The Valley Forge Casino –  June 20, 2015

Wilson KO’s Caputo to Win PA State Cruiserweight Title

By Tony “The Tornado” Penecale (Ringside)

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When you sign a boxing match between combatants named “The Bull” and “The Ultimate Warrior,” it is inevitable that a slugfest will ensure.  “The Bull vs The Ultimate Warrior.” In the words of Apollo Creed, it “sounds like a monster movie.”

In front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Valley Forge Casino, with the vacant Pennsylvania State cruiserweight title at stake, Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson and Anthony “The Bull” Caputo Smith waged an 8-minute slugfest, ending with a highlight-reel knockout.

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Wilson (above right), 195, of Philadelphia, came into the bout off a valiant showing against the undefeated Vyacheslav Shabranskyy. Across the ring was a near clone of himself in the stocky and aggressive Caputo Smith, 197, from Kennett Square, PA.  It was an intriguing matchup between two throw-back fighters trying to rebound from some tough losses and secure a spot as a contender.

 

The bout opened with both fighters charging out of their corners like a couple of high-mountain rams and locking horns in the center of the ring.  Neglecting there was a full ring to operate in; Wilson and Caputo Smith stood their ground, trading punches in the center of the ring.

 

While Smith was more aggressive, Wilson closely won the first round by throwing a higher volume of punches on the inside, winging right hands to the head and landing short body shots.  Wilson’s success continued in the 2nd round, as he landed a volume of hard chopping rights to the body, leaving welts around Caputo Smith’s ribcage.

 

During an exchange of left hooks, Wilson landed just a little bit quicker, dropping Caputo Smith to a knee.  Caputo Smith bounced up and was ready to resume his head-first attack.  Wilson started to change his tactics, using a stiff jab to negate Caputo Smith’s aggression, drawing blood from Caputo Smith’s nose.

 

Undeterre–and with a warrior-spirit of his own–Caputo Smith kept applying the pressure and engaging Wilson on the inside.  Again, like two rams, they locked horns in the center of the ring.  In a flash, Wilson stepped back and unleashed a homerun uppercut, depositing Caputo Smith flat on his back, his head thudding off of the canvas.  As the referee Shawn Clark counted, Caputo Smith vainly pulled himself to his feet.  Despite courageously beating the count, he was in no shape to continue, forcing Clark to stop the bout at the 1:41 mark.

 

Wilson, the new PA State cruiserweight champion, is now 14-9-1 (8 KO’s) while Caputo Smith falls to 15-5 (10 KO’s).

 

In other bouts:

 

* Milton Santiago, only a week after his high-school graduation, had a brief scare in winning a unanimous decision over Jose Miguel Castro.

 

Santiago, just 18 years old, was competing in his 11th professional bout, and his youthful maturity and confidence is reminiscent of a young Wilfred Benetiz, who was world champion when he was only 17.

 

Santiago, 140, of Philadelphia, boxed smoothly and controlled the tempo against Castro, 138, of Carolina, Puerto Rico.  Try as he might, Castro could not find any rhythm against the stylish Santiago.

 

The only hiccup for Santiago came in the 2nd round, when as he was backing up; he was clipped on the chin, sending him to the canvas for a brief count.  Upon rising, Santiago regained control, boxing masterfully.

 

For his part, Castro never stopped trying, landing a nice uppercut in the 4th round, and continued his desperate aggression through the 5th and 6th.  But no matter what he did, Santiago was just a step or two ahead of him and cruised down the stretch, winning on all three cards by identical scores of 59-55.

 

Santiago improves to 11-0 (3 KO’s) as Castro falls to under .500 and is now 4-5 (2 KO’s).

 

* The evening’s most entertaining bout was a six-round slugfest between undefeated Erik Spring, 153, Reading PA, and upset-minded Robert Sweeney, 154, Hampton VA.

 

The dueling-southpaws started quickly, both standing in front of each other, trading punches on near-even terms with Spring just a little bit better.  Sweeney pressed the action in the 2nd round, and Spring was willing to stand his ground and counter punch.

 

The intense and highly-competitive bout continued as a battle of right-hooks in the 3rd round with the crowd enjoying the entertaining scrap.  As the 4th round commenced, the breathtaking pace was taking its toll with both fights taking deep breaths as they continued to exchange power punches.

 

The fight was close going into the final two rounds, but Spring was just a little bit better down the stretch.  The final bell was a welcome respite for the weary warriors.

 

Spring was rewarded with a unanimous decision victory by scores of 58-56, 59-55, and a surprisingly wide 60-54, improving his undefeated record to 6-0 (1 KO), as Sweeney falls to 3-3.

 

* Hafiz Montgomery brought an enthusiastic group of supporters for his professional debut and he sprinted to the ring to meet up against tough journeyman Brian Donahue.

 

Montgomery, 207, of York, PA, was quicker and more polished than the flabby Donahue, 203, of Philadelphia. Donahue was content to throw wide, single punches.  Montgomery attacked in the 2nd round and landed a few body shots but his pace started to slow as the round progressed with Donahue landing a few jabs.

 

The pace considerably slowed in the 3rd and 4th rounds with a tired Montgomery landing a few punches and the slower Donahue offering a few sneers in return.  It was no surprise as all three judges scored 40-36, awarding Montgomery his debuting victory, sending his supporters into a cheering frenzy.

 

Montgomery wins his pro debut and is now 1-0 while Donahue falls to 3-13-2.

 

* John Madge took the next step in his professional career, putting his undefeated record up against the tough and experienced 35-fight veteran Dionisio Miranda.

 

Madge, 167, of Rutherford, NJ, found a home early for his southpaw straight left, splitting his opponent’s guard and landing flush against Miranda, 169, of Miami, FL.  Not to be discouraged, Miranda landed a few right hands late in the round.

 

The bout fell into a pattern with Madge landing a few good combinations punctuated with his laser left hand while the slower Miranda tried to sit down and counter with hard but infrequent right hands.

 

Miranda had his best success in the 4th round with a few good right hands early, but Madge quickly regained the momentum. His superior skill and work rate were enough to control the action over the final two rounds.

 

Madge cruised to a unanimous decision win by scores of 59-55 and 60-54 twice and remains undefeated at 11-0 (7 KO’s), while Miranda drops to 22-12-2 (19 KO’s)

 

* Another undefeated prospect, Earl Newman, made the most of his opportunity to impress by destroying veteran Lamont Capers in five brutal rounds.

 

Newman, 177, of Brooklyn, NY, started the bout rather slowly, allowing Capers, 177, of Hawley, PA, to disrupt his momentum by clinching after each punch thrown.  Newman started to warm to the task in the 2nd round, working behind a stiff jab and penetrating Capers defense with thudding body shots.  A thunderous body shot suddenly drove the air from Capers, folding him to the canvas.

 

Newman kept attacking the exhausted Capers in the 3rd round, and the only respite came when Capers took a low blow.  The extra minute to recover did very little for him as he continued to take punishment.  By the 4th round, Capers was in pure survival mode with Newman landing a series of five straight uppercuts, sending Capers to the canvas for the 2nd time.

 

Newman came looking for the kill in the 5th round, punishing Capers throughout the round before finally flooring him for the third time with a big uppercut.  Capers managed to climb to his feet, but indicated to referee Blair Talmadge that he had enough, prompting an immediate stoppage at the 2:56 mark.

 

Newman remains undefeated 6-0 (5 KO’s) with Capers slipping to 5-7.

 

* Out to showcase his skills was another undefeated prospect; Stephen Fulton was impressive in dismantling Pablo Cupul over three one-sided rounds.

 

Fulton, 123, of Philadelphia, wasted no time in taking the fight to Cupul, 120, of San Diego, CA.  Fulton quickly found a home landing his jab to the body and arching his right hand over Cupul’s low left hand, landing it with ease.  Despite his courage, Cupul was simply too slow and too wide-open to compete.

 

It became worse for the visiting fighter in the 2nd round, as Fulton decided to add a left hook and body punches to his arsenal, landing virtually every punch he threw.  The beating continued through the 3rd round with Fulton in dominating command, leaving a badly swollen and beaten Franco wobbling back to his corner.  His corner and the doctor decided the punishment over three rounds was more than enough, stopping the bout before the 4th round.

 

Fulton also keeps his undefeated record preserved and is now 6-0 (3 KO’s) and the veteran Cupul dips to 8-18 (5 KO’s).

 

 

* Samuel Quinones brought the fireworks to Valley Forge a few weeks before the 4th of July, and Shiwone Gortman was the unfortunate recipient of his grand finale.

 

Quinones, 149, of York, PA had to survive an early onslaught from Gortman, 147, of Grand Prairie, MI, who stormed from the corner throwing wild, ineffective punches.  Quinones established control late in the round with a combination at the bell.

 

Quinones started to land thudding lead left hooks in the 2nd round while Gortman was reduced to throwing slow, single punches.  With Gortman breathing heavily, Quinones stepped in with a vicious overhand right in the 3rd round, depositing Gortman flat on his back.  It didn’t last much longer as Quinones attacked his wounded prey, forcing Blair Talmadge to halt the bout.

 

Quinones raises his record to 9-3 (4 KO’s) while Gortman is now 4-8-1 (2 KO’s).

 

In a sloppy affair, Jack Grady and Kevin Garcia battled to a disputed four-round draw.

 

Grady, 138, Buffalo NY, a tall and lanky fighter with awkward movement and amateurish abilities started quickly, throwing long and sloppy punches.  Garcia, 135, Phoenixville PA, landed a few counters.

 

Garcia slowly gained control as Grady tired with the bouts spiraling into a crude affair.  After four uninspiring rounds, it seemed as Garcia had secured his second professional victory.  One judge agreed, awarding him the win by the score of 39-37.  Unfortunately for him, the other two judges couldn’t decide on a winner, turning in scores of 38-38, with the bout being declared a majority draw.

 

Garcia is now 1-1-1 and Grady is still winless at 0-1-1.

 

The event, promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s Kings Promotions, was again an entertaining show with an appreciative crowd.  The Valley Forge Casino is a fan-friendly place to see a boxing match and there was a lot of mingling going on after the show.  Garrett Wilson was wearing his newly-won belt, shaking hands, and taking photos with friends and fans.  His career has been rejuvenated and his smile showed a man that was happy to be back on the right path.  His eyes showed a man who knows he is now a target with that belt around his waist.  It is exciting to see who he will fight next and where “The Ultimate Warrior” will go from here.

 

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao In-Depth Preview and Analysis

By: Tony Penecale

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FINALLY!!!!  After six years of arguing, negotiating, finger-pointing, and the real possibility that it would never happen, the long-awaited superfight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is finally about to happen.  There is a possibility of grossing upwards of $300 million between them, easily the richest event in sports history.  Mayweather is set to make $180 million.  He would earn $15 million per round, $5 million per minute, & $83,333.33 per second.  Pacquaio would make $120 million and would earn $10 million per round, $3,333,333.33 per minute, & $55,555.56 per second.  Las Vegas is a gambling town, and after years of bluffing, raising the ante, and calling each other out, both fighters have put all their chips in.  Their legacies are on the table.  Now, it’s time to see who is really holding the Aces when they step in the ring.

AGE, RECORD, AND STATS

Mayweather:                      Age:  38 years old

Record:  47-0 (26 Knockouts)

Height:  5’8”

Weight:  146   * * Weight for last bout (9-13-14)

Reach:  72”

 

Pacquiao:                Age:  35 years old

Record:  57-5-2 (38 Knockouts)

Height:  5’6”

Weight:  144 ** Weight for last bout (11-20-14)

Reach:  67”

 

RING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Mayweather:

1996 Olympic Bronze Medalist

WBC Super Featherweight Champion (’98-’02)

WBC Lightweight Champion (’02-’04)

Ring Magazine Lightweight Champion (’02-’04)

WBC Junior Welterweight Champion (’05-’06)

IBF Welterweight Champion (’06)

WBC Welterweight Champion (’06-‘07)

WBC Junior Middleweight Champion (’07)

WBA Junior Middleweight Champion (’12)

WBC Welterweight Champion (’11-Pres)

Ring Magazine Welterweight Champion (’06-‘07)

Ring Magazine Pound-4-Pound #1 Boxer (’05-’07, ’12-Pres)

 

Pacquiao:

WBC Flyweight Champion (’98-‘99)

IBF Super Bantamweight Champion (’01-’03)

WBC Super Featherweight Champion (’08)

WBC Lightweight Champion (‘08)

IBO Junior Welterweight Champion (’09)

WBO Welterweight Champion (’09-‘12)

WBO Welterweight Champion (’14-Pres)

Ring Magazine Pound-4-Pound #1 Boxer (’08-‘12)

Ring Magazine Pound-4-Pound #4 Boxer (Pres)

 

STYLE

 

Mayweather:

A pure boxer with great speed who does everything well with an arsenal that includes a snapping jab, accurate right hand and a left hook that can be doubled and tripled with tremendous effect.  Uses feint moves to freeze opponents and open punching lanes.  Tucks his chin well behind his shoulder to roll with punches.  Even on the ropes, he is a difficult target to land a solid punch on.  He doesn’t have great punching power.  Most of his stoppage victories come from outpunching and outclassing his opponents but rarely scoring clean knockouts.

 

Pacquiao:

Pacquiao boxes from a southpaw stance, moving forward and bobbing and feinting his way in.  Once in close, he uses his right hand to find the range and then unleashes his powerful left, either straight or looping, and he will often double and triple it to the body and head.  Uses quick head shifts to slip punches while moving forward.  Has soundly developed under the tutelage of Freddie Roach, developing a decent right hook, either as a lead punch or thrown behind the left.  Uses quick head shifts to slip punches while moving forward. Is no longer the feared finisher he once was earlier in his career.

 

STRENGTHS

Mayweather:

* Experience – Boxing is in Mayweather’s blood, and he’s been involved in the sport since his childhood.  Completed an extensive amateur career by winning the bronze medal in the ’96 Olympic Games.  He has been competing successfully on a championship level for the past 17 years, facing and defeating fighters with a variety of styles.

 

* Conditioning – Mayweather is a fitness freak with an amazing work ethic when it comes to training.  Few fighters push themselves as much as Mayweather does in the gym, even doing midnight training sessions.  It is evident in the ring when his stamina carries him in the late rounds.

 

* Ring Generalship – Mayweather knows every inch of the ring and how to control a fight.  He knows when to attack, when to box, when to turn up the heat, and when to coast.  Mayweather owns the ring when he is in there.  Even the rare times when he has been stunned in fights, he was able to quickly settle down and quell the threat.

 

 

Pacquiao:

* Unorthodox Style – Pacquiao is very unorthodox, even for a southpaw.  He moves straight in but is hard to time with his bobbing and head feints.  Before most opponents can time his onrushes, he is throwing whirlwind punches from a variety of angles.

 

* Speed – Pacquiao is fleet of foot and the owner of very fast hands, especially for a boxer with such considerable power.  He quickly moves into position and fires rapid one-two combinations. He’s expanded his arsenal to include blinding combinations of hooks, uppercuts, and double or triple left hands.

 

* Stamina – Pacquiao is always in tremendous shape and fights just as hard in the last round as he does in the first.  He applies a ton of pressure and is constantly punching, wearing opponents down in the process.

 

WEAKNESSES

Mayweather:

* Aging – Mayweather may have an unblemished record, but Father Time has never been defeated.  Mayweather has been more flat-footed in recent bouts.  His first encounter with Marcos Maidana was a rough and tumble affair where Mayweather looked very ordinary.  The rematch was more definitive but unimpressive.

 

* Distractions – Maweather loves to be in the public eye and never shies away from controversy.  Most notably are his public disputes and reconciliations with his father and trainer, Floyd Mayweather, Senior.  The most recent camp turbulence came in the form of a training camp dispute between Floyd Sr. and Alex Ariza, working as the strength and conditioning coach.  A non-harmonious training camp could lead to unnecessary distractions.

 

* Punching Power – Most of Mayweather’s stoppage wins came from an accumulation of punches.  The usual result is the referee or opposing corner stopping the bout to prevent further punishment.  Notwithstanding his controversial and explosive knockout of Victor Ortiz, it is rare to see Mayweather finish a bout with one punch, dating all the way back to his days as a 130-pounder.

 

 

Pacquiao:

* Killer Instinct – Pacquiao was once regarded as a ruthless buzzsaw, cutting through opponents until they succumbed.  He has since lost that edge, failing to win a fight by stoppage since 2009.  More of a concern is that on several occasions he eased up on outclassed opponents, allowing them to survive the last few rounds.

 

* Trouble with Counterpunchers – Pacquiao is an aggressive, offense-first fighter who will freely throw punches, but he can be timed and is often open to be hit with counters.  Juan Manuel Marquez gave him fits with movement and counter punches, even scoring a spectacular knockout over Pacquiao with a perfectly-timed counter right hand.

 

* Age – Pacquiao is no longer the phenomenon he was in his 20s.  He is now in his mid-30s.  As he has physically aged, he has also taken on a super human schedule with political aspirations in his home country, numerous personal appearances, and several difficult bouts.

 

 

PREVIOUS BOUT

Mayweather:

(09-13-14) Mayweather neutralized and outboxed Marcos Maidana in a rematch from their closer-than-expected bout from four months prior.  While the action was sparse, it was a case of Mayweather using his superior skills and intelligence to thwart his aggressive but limited opponent.

 

Pacquiao:

(11-20-14) Pacquiao won a dominating unanimous decision over the game but vastly inexperienced Chris Algieri.  Pacquiao was in control from the start and scored a total of six knockdowns, somehow failing to score the knockout some experts thought he needed to be in position for the Mayweather fight to happen.

 

THREE BEST PERFORMANCES

 

Mayweather:

* Diego Corrales (1/20/01) – Experts were torn on who to pick in this one with many leaning towards Corrales to win by KO.  Mayweather never let him in the bout, knocking him down five times before the referee halted the bout in the 10th round.

 

* Arturo Gatti (6/25/05) – Although Mayweather was a solid betting favorite, many expected Gatti to make things rough for Mayweather.  It never happened, as Mayweather floored Gatti in the first round and dealt out a severe beating before Gatti’s corner stopped the bout after six one-sided rounds.

 

* Ricky Hatton (12/8/07) – Hatton was undefeated coming into the bout and set a gameplan of constant pressure to wear out Mayweather.  After a few uncomfortable rounds, Mayweather was able to find his range and take over, flooring Hatton twice in the 10th round and forcing a stoppage.

 

Pacquiao:

* Oscar De la Hoya (12/06/08) – It’s hard to imagine now, but the consensus at the time was that De la Hoya would destroy the smaller Pacquiao in a landslide.  It was a landslide, but it was Pacquiao dishing out the beating, ripping De la Hoya apart with both hands.  After eight one-sided and brutal rounds, a swollen and bloodied De la Hoya was beaten into permanent retirement.

* Miguel Cotto (11/14/09) – Pacquiao impressively dismantled the larger and physically imposing Cotto.  Pacquiao dropped the Puerto Rican superstar twice early. From the 6th round on, Pacquiao had Cotto in a defensive shell, battering him until the referee stopped the bout in the 12th round.

* Ricky Hatton (05/02/09) – Pacquio ran through Hatton in fast and destructive fashion.  Hatton–while still an underdog–was expected to provide a challenge with his strength and mauling tactics.  Pacquiao unveiled an improved right hook and had Hatton down twice in the first round before crushing him with a devastating knockout in the second.

 

 

COMMON OPPONENTS

*Oscar De la Hoya

– Mayweather: Split Decision 2007

– Pacquiao: TKO 8th round 2008

 

*Miguel Cotto

– Mayweather: Unanimous Decision 2013

– Pacquiao: TKO 12th round 2009

 

*Ricky Hatton

– Mayweather: TKO 10th round 2007

– Pacquiao: KO 2nd round 2009

 

* Shane Mosley

– Mayweather: Unanimous Decision 2010

– Pacquiao: Unanimous Decision 2011

 

* Juan Manuel Marquez

– Mayweather: Unanimous Decision 2009

– Pacquiao: Draw 2004, Split Decision 2008, Majority Decision 2011,

KO’d 6th round 2012

 

 

KEYS TO VICTORY

 

Mayweather:

* Get Pacquiao’s respect early, timing his rushes, and hitting him with straight right hands.

 

* Use clinches to smother Pacquiao and thwart any offensive momentum.

 

* Do not try to trade punches with Pacquiao.

 

 

 

Pacquiao:

* Use feints to get Mayweather to make the first move.

 

* Don’t aim strictly at Mayweather’s head.  Focus on the body, arms, and torso?

 

* Do not let Mayweather control the tempo.

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

 

* Can the fight live up to the hype?  Unless this turns out to be Hagler-Hearns, Gatti-Ward, and Ali-Frazier all rolled up into one, it will be nearly impossible to live up to the hype that has surrounded this match-up for over six years.  The hype might be inflated and overbearing, but it can still be entertaining.

 

* Is the fight happening too late?  Both fighters are in their late 30s. While these two phenoms are still elite competitors, they are past their primes.  Even so, instances of fighters past their primes matching up perfectly and turning in an epic encounter have occurred on several occasions.

 

* Who has the most to lose?  Mayweather without a doubt has the most to lose.  Pacquiao is an icon in his home country, so no matter what happens, he will remain a beloved figure.  Mayweather is boasting about himself as “The Best Ever” and relishes his undefeated record.  He even said recently that he’s better than Muhammad Ali was. A loss obliterates the “0” on Mayweather’s record and will provide more fodder for the argument that he is not even the best of his generation.

 

* How will their styles match up?  It figures to be a classic boxer vs puncher match-up.  Mayweather is a consummate strategist.  He is a master of figuring out his opponents, frustrating them, and setting up counter punches.  Pacquiao will press the action, try to overwhelm, breaking through Mayweather’s defense with a high volume of punches.  It will be a clash of Quantity against Quality.  Pacquiao will throw more punches, more punches than anybody has ever thrown against Mayweather.  Mayweather will throw less but land at a higher connect rate, with sharp counter punches.

 

* What are the chances of a Knockout?  Pacquiao is known as the better puncher, but he has failed to score a stoppage victory since battering Miguel Cotto in 2009.  Mayweather has scored only one stoppage victory since 2007 against the weak-chinned Victor Ortiz.  The two most likely scenarios for a knockout win would either be Pacquiao becoming reckless and leaving himself open to Mayweather’s straight right hand or Mayweather suddenly becoming an old fighter and wilting under Pacquiao’s relentless pressure.  Likely, this fight will go to the scorecards.

 

 

* Will the officials factor into the conclusion?  Kenny Bayless has been assigned as the referee and is regarded as one of the best in boxing.  He has worked as the referee in six previous Pacquiao fights and four previous Mayweather bouts.  The only backlash he received from those ten total bouts was the Mayweather-Maidana rematch where he was criticized for breaking up the inside clinches too quickly, seemingly favoring Mayweather against the mauling style of Maidana.  With Mayweather naturally bigger than Pacquiao, breaking up clinches quickly (especially if Pacquiao has any momentum) would serve more as a disadvantage to Mayweather.  The judges are Burt Clements, Dave Moretti, both veteran officials in Las Vegas, and Glenn Feldman, based out of Connecticut.  Moretti has worked nine Mayweather bouts and six Pacquiao bouts.  Clements has worked three Mayweather bouts and one Pacquiao bout.  Feldman has only worked one Mayweather bout early in his career.

 

* What happens next?  If the fight turns out to be entertaining, close, or controversial, a rematch is possible depending on the outcome.

If Mayweather wins, he is 48-0 and can walk away from Pacquiao and seek a different challenge for his final fight.  He could even seek a possible move up to grab a title at middleweight and another superfight with the next big sensation Gennady Golovkin.

If Pacquiao wins, a rematch is almost a given, especially with so much money on the table.

A draw would also most likely force a rematch for the final fight of Mayweather’s career sometime in September.

 

PENECALE PREDICTION

The anticipation as the fighters make their way to the ring will be electric.  The growing crescendo of excitement will continue through the introductions with Mayweather sporting a confident smirk and Pacquaio fixated with an icy glare.

 

The waiting will be over when the bell rings and both fighters come out to the center of the ring.  Mayweather will be moving to his left, rolling his hands and probing with a soft jab.  Pacquiao will be like a coiled spring, bouncing back and forth and feinting with his jab.  Pacquiao will throw a few wild left hands that Mayweather backs away from, his back hitting the ropes as he slides away to his right.  The round will end without anything conclusive landing for either fighter, making it difficult to score.

 

Pacquiao will look to increase the pace in the second round and outwork Mayweather.  While Mayweather is the center of the ring, he will dictate the pace and the action, keeping Pacquiao limited to throwing one punch at a time.  When Pacquiao is able to cut the ring off and back Mayweather to the ropes, he will unleash combinations.  The flurries for the most part won’t land, but the work rate will stir the crowd into a frenzy.

 

Pacquaio will continue the high volume of punches through the 3rd and 4th rounds until Mayweather lands a right hand while their feet are tangled, causing Pacquiao to sprawl to the canvas.  He will protest while Bayless administers the count, but he will not be hurt. Mayweather will smile and move in, throwing a few right hands, truly seeing if Pacquiao is stunned.  Pacquiao will respond with his own vicious left hand, bringing the crowd to their feet as the bell rings.

 

Mayweather will again box cautiously starting the 5th round, staying on the outside and pivoting away when Pacquiao gets close.  The fight will resemble a cat and mouse affair with Pacquiao trying to corner Mayweather and Mayweather trying to bait him into making a mistake.  Pacquiao will be the aggressor, throwing far more punches.  Mayweather will be timing him with single counter punches throughout the 6th and 7th rounds.

 

A sharp left hand by Pacquiao in the 8th round will startle Mayweather and cause blood to leak from his nose.  Pacquiao will try to press the advantage and unleash another torrent of punches.  Mayweather will pull away against the ropes, and Pacquiao will focus his attention to the body with a combination of punches to the chest and shoulder, forcing Mayweather to clinch and break the momentum.

 

Mayweather will get up on his toes in the 9th round, using lateral movement to keep Pacquiao from setting his feet and unleashing more than one punch at a time.  Pacquiao will step in with a few lefts that are blocked, but Mayweather’s movement will keep him from throwing any follow-up punches.  As Mayweather slips out, he will land his own counter punches, making it another difficult round to score.

 

Throughout the 10th and 11th rounds, Mayweather will execute a plan to counter Pacquiao with single punches and avoid most of his counter flurries.  Pacquiao will step in with a hard left to the body, forcing a Mayweather clinch.  When the action resumes, Pacquiao will look to attack the body again, only to be met with a straight right hand over the top.

 

The final round in a very close bout will see Mayweather neutralizing Pacquiao’s rushes, landing single counter punches and pivoting away from danger, sharpshooting from the outside.  Pacquiao will desperately try to corner Mayweather but he won’t allow it, moving on the outside and clinching in close, bringing an anticlimactic ending as the final bell rings.

 

It will take several minutes for the scorecards to be tabulated, with the consensus believing Mayweather won 7 rounds, including a knockdown.  Pacquaio will pray in his corner while Mayweather smiles and laughs with his entourage.

 

The decision will be as follows.  Glen Feldman will score the bout 114-113 for Pacquaio.  Burt Clements will score 115-112 for Mayweather.  Dave Moretti will score the bout a very curious 115-112 for the winner of the biggest superfight of the century…. MANNY “PACMAN” PACQUIAO!!!!

 

With the decision announced, a disgusted Mayweather will demand a rematch before storming out of the ring, setting up another lucrative event in September and a possible trilogy.