Keith Thurman defeated Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision on Saturday to remain undefeated (25-0) and retain his WBC welterweight title. Although Thurman did not score the knockout – as he had in 21 of his previous 24 fights – he still dominated for the majority of the match.
Boxing fans – and sports fans in general – are hoping for something slightly more riveting May 2, when Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) fights Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in a matchup that is being billed as the “Fight of the Century.”
“Floyd is looking real good right now,” his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Floyd is scared of no fighter, I believe. Everybody got fear, but there’s no fear there with no Pac-Man.”
Mayweather and Pacquiao – arguably the two best boxers of this generation – have vastly different styles. Mayweather is a defensive artist, someone who protects himself first and foremost and then rattles off precise, aim-small, miss-small punches. He breaks opponents down and prevents them from doing what they do best. Pacquiao, on the other hand, is a 5-foot-6 hurricane. He comes fast and furious and doesn’t relent. He doesn’t land every punch, but they come in bunches.
Mayweather Sr., however, doesn’t seem too concerned.
“We don’t care how many punches he throws,” he said. “He’s going to get his ass whooped. I don’t care what he throws. He ain’t going to be throwing the right things to do what he need to do.”
Fans have been clamoring for a Mayweather/Pacquiao fight since 2009. Six years later, we finally have it. Scott Ferrall, like many, believes it will be one of the greatest fights in Las Vegas history.
“Not the greatest fight in Vegas; the greatest fight ever,” Mayweather Sr. clarified. “This particular fight right now is the greatest fight ever.”
It will definitely be the most lucrative. Mayweather, 38, and Pacquiao, 36, will bring in the most PPV buys in boxing history, while tickets for the fight will likely cost tens of thousands of dollars. Some could even reach six figures.
Ferrall wonders if the fight will live up to its billing and exceed some of the great matches from the past several decades, including some of the great outdoor fights at Caesar’s Palace.
“I remember all them days,” Mayweather Sr. said. “I’m just telling you right now this is the biggest fight ever. It don’t have anything to do about outside, inside – that ain’t got nothing to do with it. The amount of people (who are going to watch) – it’s going to be crazy.”