QUOTE (Fitz @ Apr 1 2010, 09:59 AM)
Haha, you funny bastard. I was thinking about this fight about 2 hours ago on the way back home.
I think this is a very interesting fight. I like the fact that there best punch is the same punch, only difference is that Pacquiao's a southpaw, so Pacquiao's straight is his left, and Tszyu's was his right.
They are both very deadly punches in different ways. Pacquiao's is deadly with power and speed. Tszyu's creates his with thudding power and timing. I think this fight is also pretty intriguing that Pacquiao could have a style that works for and against Tszyu.
I think Tszyu dealt with southpaws very well, and speed was not usually an issue for him. He was very good at adjusting to speed and after a few feel out rounds, he he learns to deal with speed and that is when his timing comes in. Tszyu was also a very strong fighter as well, so I think Tszyu's best chance is to gain dominance early, if not it will become more difficult for him.
The thing working against Tszyu is that he struggled with guys that presented pressure, he needs room to fight as that is where his timing plays a big factor. The timing can be eliminated with pressure and not giving time or room to let go of that straight right of his and is what happened with Hatton.
I think if they fight 10 times, Tszyu wins some of them, but I think Pacquaio would win the majority.
The way I see it is, that Tszyu needs to win early, or at least gain dominance early and not give that up. If Tszyu starts slow, and lets Pacquaio into the fight even a little, it will be like a wave. Pacquiao will just keep coming and end up with the win.
Agree with a lot of what you said as I put into consideration the same factors for both fighters, except for your outcome.
I'm aware Tszyu had trouble with pressure but in regards to the Phillips fight Tszyu had progressed after that fight where he later reached his best.
Against Hatton it was a combination of Tszyu getting older, being very inactive
, coming off surgery & appearing very flat that night, his timing was way off..he just wasn’t at his best that night. Of course the fresher undefeated Hatton’s pressure only added to those problems along with the poor referring.
Pac does not bring all the roughness, holding, wrestling & dirtiness that Hatton brought to the table which troubled Tszyu. I also think because of those reasons, Hatton actually has & uses more physical strength than Pac.
Although I believe Tszyu was capable of making short work of Manny I however don’t think it’s a walk in the park for Kostya either. I just think Kostya’s chin, timing, power & style are some things he had that would overcome the Pac storm!