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> If the so called "Superfight" had happened, How would Floyd have fought him, what style?
BrutUalBK
post Dec 28 2012, 09:55 AM
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Well, now that the so called "Superfight" is off the table and Pac and Arum rejected a 40 million dollar payday I often wonder how/what style/manner would Floyd have chosen to box/fight Manny?

We all know that Manny only knows one way to fight, he will come forward and dart in and out-never changing tempo, never counterpunching, setting traps or timing/measuring his opponent>>>contrary to what many of his fans believe>>>he was never a Boxer in the classic sense.

Floyd is the consummate Boxer, he uses his defense to create offense (except when someone tags him, then he goes on the attack) but he does all the things you'd love to see a true Master Boxer should: he uses the ring to circle his opponents with his legs or even stands in the pocket and circles, he sets traps, shoulder rolls, uses the caging method when on the ropes, rolls with the punches when they connect, ducks/dodges, slips, punches at angles, curls his gloves to catch punches, counterpunches and then spins out on the exit, jabs to the stomach and then feints a jab to the stomach and comes back to the head. I guess I could go on and on but we've all seen it everytime he fights.

The question is which style/manner would he had used in your opinion to fight Manny, here's my take:

Floyd is a defensive fighter first, he never takes punishment unnecessarily unless he's trying to entertain the crowd (see the Augustus and Cotto fights for reference) so given that we know his true nature that's what I believe he would've stuck to. Floyd is a notoriously slow starter (unless you crack him good and make him fight, see Mosley fight for reference), so given that we know this much about him it is likely that he would've taken about 4-5 rounds and figured out Manny's speed, angles and took away his right hook then the whuppin would commence.

I believe that he would've elected after the 4th or 5th to simply stand in the pocket and make Manny miss and then counter him all night, I don't believe he ever would've came forward because he knows that Manny will only go forward plus he'd have many more opportunities to counterpunch/potshot/pick him apart as he darted in and out.
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BrutUalBK
post Dec 30 2012, 07:55 PM
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Wow, I've read all of the breakdowns on this topic and it appears that everyone has their own versions of what we all thought we'd see and for the most part I can envision nearly everything everyone said here happening at some point in the fight. I do find it strange that not one person stated Floyd would outright KO Manny though we know he has the power to do it, I believe Floyd could've easily walked Manny into a KO punch from a straight right or a blazing fast left hook the likes of how he put Chico down on the 2nd knockdown in the 7th round of their fight.

Victor Ortiz has proven he's got a great beard despite getting his jaw broken (due to his mouth being opened when he got hit) and he was able to put him to sleep so I'm sure he would've been quite capable of putting Manny to sleep especially hitting him with one of those unseen shots as Pac bullrushes in.

Too bad Manny and Arum decided to play it safe facing the old man Marquez instead of taking the 40 million to make the so called "biggest fight" in boxing history, now the world will never know.
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