Sergey Kovalev vs. Nadjib Mohammedi: Full preview, prediction and scouting report for light heavyweight title showdown

Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events

As Sergey Kovalev prepares to defend his WBA, WBO and IBF titles Saturday night against Nadjib Mohammed, they two fighters are entering the contest on very different levels.

Kovalev is eager to defend his titles once again and move toward more lucrative bouts, with the likes of Andre Ward, Gennady Golovkin. A rumored rematch with Jean Pascal, who fights on the undercard in tonight’s HBO televised event, is most likely next for Kovalev (h/t The Sweet Science).

The “Krusher” is excited about defending his titles for the first time and is looking forward to a lucrative career.

“Thank you to WBO,” Kovalev said. “This was my first belt and mean a lot to me… I want to show this Saturday who I am. I would like to still be champion as long time as possible. I did not get all my goals in my career yet.”

Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) is not looking past Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs), and knows that if he doesn’t dispose of him Saturday night, then any future plans will be dashed.

“My amateur career I didn’t give me a lot of opportunities. I was hurt in amateur career and I had to try not to closed doors. Some of my dreams in the boxing and my goals not finished. For my dreams, my goals this Saturday is the next step in my career.”

Mohammedi is a big underdog in the bout and is a mystery to most fans and even the media that cover the sport. He is not letting that get in the way of his performance against Kovalev.

“For me it’s OK, it’s good for me,” Mohammedi said of being the underdog. “I don’t have a belt to lose. This guy (Kovalev) has three belts. For him he has a lot of pressure.

“Me, I don’t have pressure. For me, I just go for the fight, and I relax.”

If that is indeed how Mohammedi approaches this bout, it will increase his chances of pulling of what most consider a monumental upset.

Kovalev represents a big step up in competition for Mohammedi, as the combined record for his last five opponents is 64-27-1, with names no casual fan would recognize.

Although he hasn’t lost a bout in almost four years, but two of his three losses came via TKO, so it will be interesting to see how he handles a big shot form Kovalev when that time inevitably comes.

Prediction:

Kovalev will come out with a fury and with Mohammedi facing no one near the “Krusher’s” level, it is likely the bout doesn’t last more than half the scheduled 12 rounds.

Breaking Mohammedi down early, Kovalev should win the fight fairly easily.

Kovalev via Round 5 TKO.

Below is a scouting report provided by Main Events

Category

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev

Nadjib “The IronDjib” Mohammedi

Age

32

30

Record

27-0-1 (24 KOs)

37-3-0 (23 KOs)

Strength

Kovalev has knockout power in both hands; he has the ability to end a fight with any punch he throws. He also showed the world that he has a good chin after taking some big shots in his successful title defense against Jean Pascal in March.

Nadjib is an aggressive fighter with good hand speed and great endurance; he is always in tremendous shape and treats every fight like there is a title on the line.

He throws punches from all angles and can pose a threat to any top light heavyweight contender.

Weakness

Sergey has been knocked down before but not hurt, he tends to leave openings in his guard which could pose a problem in this bout as Nadjib has finished his last 11 of 13 opponents.

Mohammedi has a tendency to get sloppy at times, in previous fights he had a tendency to throw wide looping punches that could potentially get him into big trouble considering the power that Kovalev brings to the table.

Experience

Kovalev has fewer pro fights than Nadjib, but the past two years he’s faced and defeated three former titleholders in Bernard Hopkins, Jean Pascal and Nathan Cleverly.

Nadjib has more pro fights under his belt than Kovalev. He has fought for world titles before.

Power

Kovalev will have the clear advantage here as he is best known for his vicious knockout power in either hand. He throws nasty body shots.

Nadjib does not pack one-punch power in either hand. He is known more for the volume of punches he throws.

Speed

Kovalev has average speed that picks up once he sees he has his opponent on the ropes and he goes for the finish.

Mohammedi has quick hands and quick feet as well. He is a small light heavyweight; he moves around the ring well and is very agile.

Endurance

Sergey has shown the ability to maintain a steady pace that allows him to conserve energy while still looking sharp in the later rounds. However, he has only fought 12 rounds once in his career when he defeated the former titleholder Bernard Hopkins.

Mohammedi may have a slight edge here, as he has been 12 rounds on three separate occasions, and 10 rounds three times as well.

Accuracy

Kovalev shows great accuracy with his one-punch knockouts; he also throws very accurate and powerful shots to the body that have ended fights in the past.

Nadjib’s accuracy is evident when his opponents stand and trade shots with him; he has an accurate jab plus an overhand right that tends to follow.

Defense

Sergey’s best defense may just be his offense. His power has become a complete game-changer in the past, forcing opponents to rethink their game plan.

Mohammedi is light on his feet and moves around the ring well, making it difficult for anyone to hit him. However, he enjoys standing and trading with his opponents which could ultimately get him into trouble against The Krusher.

Chin

In his last fight Kovalev showed that his chin is more than durable, he took some big shots against a heavy hitter in Jean Pascal and managed to stay on his feet and earn the stoppage win.

Nadjib’s chin may be in question here; he has been stopped twice in his career and has never been in the ring with a puncher as devastating as Kovalev.

Style

Sergey is an offensive-minded fighter who likes to walk his opponents down then go for the finish.

Mohammedi is a boxer who shows signs of being a volume puncher while utilizing great counter-punching.

Crowd Support

Sergey’s popularity has greatly increased since major wins over Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal. He is now competing in the fight capital of the world, so Kovalev will likely have majority of the crowd support here.

Nadjib may be at a disadvantage here as he is not well known just yet. However, Nadjib is a gamer and treats every fight like it’s a title fight, which is a mentality and style that may win him some crowd support throughout this fight.

Intangibles

Kovalev’s previous two bouts were by far the toughest of his career. He defeated Bernard Hopkins in November of 2014, and just four months later he earned a stoppage win over former world champion Jean Pascal. Now, rather than take some extra time to recover and enjoy these wins, he returns to the ring after another quick four-month turnaround and takes on Mohammedi, who has not lost a fight in almost five years.

Nadjib has waited patiently for over a year to capitalize on his number one contender position. After earning his position in June of 2014, Nadjib decided to stay active and risk his number one ranking. He competed on Kovalev’s two previous undercards against durable opponents, against both of which he scored stoppage wins. Those risks have paid off and Nadjib will finally get his shot against the world’s best light heavyweight.

 

 

Sergey Kovalev vs. Nadjib Mohammedi: Full weigh-in video w/ stare down

Kovalev - Mohammedi Weigh-in. Credit: David Spagnolo
Kovalev – Mohammedi Weigh-in. Credit: David Spagnolo

The one man wrecking crew they call the “Krusher,” Sergey Kovalev, will defend his WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight titles Saturday against Nadjib Mohammedi at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) came in at 174.5 pounds while the No. 1 contender, Mohammedi (38-3-0, 23 KOs) came in at 173 pounds for the 12-round affair.

Most are not giving Mohammedi much, if any, chance Saturday night, and he has been posted at as high as a 60-1 underdog, which are numbers reaching James “Buster” Douglas versus Mike Tyson level odds.

A big rematch with Jean Pascal, who fights on the undercard of the event, is said to be agreed upon shall both fighters win this weekend (h/t The Sweet Science), so Kovalev should have plenty of motivation to put forth his best in the bout.

Mohammedi is feeding off all the disrespect he is receiving from fans and media alike, and promises a good fight Saturday.

If he can even give Kovalev a run for his money, Mohammedi is positioned to make a name for himself, but if Kovalev is on his game, which he normally is, the bout should go less than the 12 scheduled rounds.

Weigh-in results:

Fighter
Weight
Weight
Fighter
Sergey Kovalev
174.5
173
Nadjib Mohammedi

Sergey Kovalev vs. Nadjib Mohammedi: ‘Krusher’ kicks off first Vegas fight week

Photo credit: Jim Laurie, Main Event Productions
Photo credit: Jim Laurie, Main Event Productions

With light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev set to make his Las Vegas fighting debut against Nadjib Mohammedi Saturday at the Mandalay Bay, he was welcome to Southern Nevada in style.

Met by Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow at McCarran International Airport on Monday, the City of Las Vegas officially named July 18, 2015 Sergey Kovalev Day.

That’s an honor few boxers have had bestowed upon them, with the latest being hall of fame boxer Oscar De La Hoya last September.

On Tuesday Kovalev then made his way to meet some of the Russians that call Las Vegas home.

Receiving a warm welcome from the bunch mad Kovalav (27-0-1, 24 KOs) feel right at home, despite it being his first time in Vegas for his own fight week.

All these events lead up to the fight on Saturday, which pits the knockout making they call “Krusher” against the largely unknown Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs).

Despite being the No. 1 contender for, no one is giving Mohammedi much of a chance, with odds as high as 60-1.

Kovalev is coming into the fight fresh off his Round 8 TKO of Jean Pascal, and his dominating performance over the ageless wonder, Bernard Hopkins.

Kovalev is poised to defend his WBA, WBC and IBF light heavyweight titles, and could have a huge bout waiting in the distance with who most consider a Top 5 pound-for-pound fighter in Andre Ward.

First Kovalev will have to dispose of Mohammedi, which most think won’t take long, before setting his sights on a possible Ward bout.

The co-feature will include a ten-round light heavyweight match-up between Jean Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs) and Yunieski Gonzalez (16-0, 12 KOs).

Tickets are on sale now and start at $25. Tickets can be purchased through TicketMaster and all MGM Resorts Properties Ticket Offices. The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast begins at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

 

Follow The Money; Who’ll Get Floyd Mayweather Next?

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Following the world’s most lucrative, albeit not the most exciting, boxing bout with Manny Pacquiao earlier this year, Floyd Mayweather signalled his intention to fight one more time before finally hanging up his gloves. At 38, Mayweather stands at 48-0 in professional boxing following many years as an amateur. That’s a big toll on the body and brain so it’s hard to argue that ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd wouldn’t be making the right call.

Detractors said that the Pacquiao bout came too late and lacked the relevance it once would have had. With one fight left on the table and a lot of money to be made, would Mayweather finally silence the critics that question how and when he picks his fights?

It seems unlikely. Mayweather has offered a few potential opponents, but nothing the fans are particularly salivating over. His own suggestions were Andre Berto and Karim Mayfield, with Amir Khan, Kell Brook and a Pacquiao rematch also being touted amongst others. Who has the best shot, and what’s realistic?

Gennady Golovkin
Golovkin is the wild card. It seems extremely unlikely that Mayweather would entertain a fight with a hard-hitting, bigger man. He’s spent years mostly bringing people up in weight to fight him and this would be very risky against the undefeated Kazakhstan fighter. This would be the fight fans want, but it won’t be a fight Mayweather wants.

Kell Brook
Fellow undefeated fighter Brook brings that unblemished asset to the table, as well as the IBF World Championship and a good following in Britain. This is likely second on the list of fights we’d want to see, but that seems to be inversely proportional to the fights Mayweather is likely to take. Brook is a threat, with speed and power.

Amir Khan
Another Brit who does bring some interest to the fight. Despite his good run of five wins, his three losses have really detracted from his star power. With a questionable ability to take a punch, he could be a perfect fit for Mayweather. He has credibility, a win streak and a fan base. However, it’s hard to see him beating Floyd and that will be key in setting up his final bout.

Andre Berto
At 27-0, Berto was one of the most touted prospects in boxing. He’s a hard hitter and exciting, but Ortiz, Guerrero and Karass derailed any hype he had. He was a WBC champion and currently has the interim WBA belt, but it’s a hard fight to build up given Berto’s recent run.

Karim Mayfield
You might be thinking why has his name even been thrown into the mix? Well, because Mayweather himself brought it into play. He has less experience than the rest, no notable titles and two defeats in his last three fights. Maybe it is an easy way to stay undefeated for Floyd, so to that end it could be possible. As fans, you wouldn’t like to think so, however.

With Mayweather now dismissing Pacquiao in a second fight, it appears we’ll be left with one of the above to varying degrees of likelihood. We’ll have to wait on the whim of Floyd himself to see who actually steps into the ring with him in September.

Adrien Broner vs. Shawn Porter: Full PBC on NBC Fight Results

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In about that has a lot riding on it for both Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter, the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC should not disappoint.

Both Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) had a ton of momentum in their careers before suffering losses at the hands of Marcos Maidana for Broner and Kell Brook for Porter, and a win tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas would set the victor on track for another title fight.

Broner and Porter’s camp have been jawing back and forth all week, so the bout should be chippy to say the least.

The seven-fight card is headlined by Broner vs. Porter, but also features up-and-comer Errol Spence Jr. facing last minute replacement Phil Lo Greco in the other NBC broadcast bout.

Results:

Kevin Newman (3-0-1, 1 KO) Def. Bobby Mcintyre (0-2) via Unanimous Decision (40-36 (x3))

Sanjarbek Rakhmanov (1-0, 1 KO) def. Brett Simmons (2-2-2, 1 KO) via Rd. 1 KO

 

Adrien Broner vs. Shawn Porter: Full Weigh-In for PBC on NBC bout

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Despite a long running relationship going through from amateur ranks into the professional realm together, Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter have been getting chippy in the lead up to their showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and it continued at Friday’s weigh-in.

Broner  (30-1, 22 KOs) refused to shake Porter’s hand after weighing in, which didn’t appear to sit well with his mentor, Floyd Mayweather Jr., which added to the build up between the two camps.

At the final press conference earlier in the week, Broner and Porter’s father, Ken Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs), went after each other in a verbal sparring session that was on the brink of a physical altercation.

Broner, who will make $1.35 million, came in at 1431/2 pounds with Porter, who will make $1 million, weighing  in at exactly 144 pounds for the fight being held at a catchweight of 144 pounds . There was also a 10-pound rehydration clause in the fight’s contract that stated neither Broner or Porter could weigh in at 154 pounds Saturday morning, but according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, that is off the contract for the bout.

Taking place Saturday and being aired live on NBC as part the of Premier Boxing Champions series, the fight has huge implications for both Broner and Porter.

Both fighters had a ton of buzz surrounding them, until both suffering losses, and now have the media and fight fans questioning their legitimacy.

Who ever wins the bout will be in line for a title bout in the junior welterweight or welterweight division depending on the victor.

We will see if Broner’s disrespectful antics will add extra motivation to Porter’s attack, as if he need any extra incentive to win this bout.

Errol Spence (16-0, 13 KOs) came in at 149 pounds, making weight for his co-main event bout with last second replacement Phil Lo Greco (26-1, 14 KOs) who weighed 152 pounds, which was the maximum weight. This was increased due to Lo Greco taking the bout on a few days notice with original opponent Roberto Garcia pulling out of the bout due to weigh issues.

You can catch all the action live on NBC beginning at 8:30 EDT/5:30 PDT Saturday night.

Amir Khan still in good shape for Mayweather clash despite lackluster showing

Courtesy: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions
Courtesy: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions

With welterweight Amir Khan campaigning for his shot at the Floyd Mayweather Jr. sweepstakes for more than a year now, it seems his best shot to impress the 48-0 champ and the public he deserves to fight on the sports’ grandest scale came and went without that “wow” factor.

Khan fought former junior welterweight titlist Chris Algieri Friday night, as part of the PBC on Spike fight series, and was figured to be an easy out by the majority of fans and media.

The former kick boxing world champ had other ideas and garnered much respect for his performance, albeit a losing one, against Khan.

Acting as the aggressor the majority of the fight, Algieri’s length bothered Khan in the first half of the bout, as the Huntington, New York resident timed out a few big overhand rights that stunned Khan, and his notoriously questionable jaw.

Khan was dazed at times, but was never knocked down in the bout, showing his perseverance to over come the quick start by Algieri.

Taking a page out of Mayweather’s book, Khan adjusted to Algieri’s fight plan and awkward style midway through the 12-round affair, and was able to defeat the New York native in front of the Brooklyn, New York crowd via split decision, with scores of 115-112, 117-111, and 117-111.

Despite losing the bout, Algieri seemed to get more positive attention afterward, as he looked like a totally different fighter than that was in the ring in Macau, China against Manny Pacquiao last year.

In that bout, Algieri was knocked down a total of six times, but managed to make it the full 12 rounds. He was more known for his former trainer, Tim Lane, saying they were going to “let Algieri” out of the cage as he got pummeled, than his performance.

His rejuvenated showing against Khan can be attributed to switching trainers, hiring John David Jackson, who also trains light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev, who’s underrated work seemed to pay off in the bout.

Khan is a big name, with a healthy following overseas, so mix that in with the hype machine that is Mayweather, there is still a lucrative fight to made with the 28-year-old British fighter.

With Mayweather fresh off his unanimous decision victory over Pacquiao in the much anticipated bout, a Khan fight won’t go anywhere near the record breaking pay-per-view numbers that Mayweather-Pacquiao did. It should draw at least a million buys, which is deemed a successful event anytime “Money May” eclipses the seven-figure buy mark.

So, despite Khan providing the boxing world with an underwhelming performance this past weekend, he’s still in great shape to land in the ring opposite of Mayweather come September because he found a way to win. Like it or not.

Mick Akers is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and an International Boxing Hall of Fame elector. Follow him on Twitter at:

 

 

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao shatter PPV, live gate, overall revenue records

Mayweather Pacquiao face off 2015
Mayweather Pacquiao face off 2015

It was billed as the “Fight of the Century” and while the action in the ring may not have lived up to those expectations when Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally faced each other May 2, the financial numbers sure did.

The total U.S. pay-per-view sales for the megafight reached 4.4 million buys (per the Las Vegas Review-Journal)smashing the former record set by Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 of 2.45 million buys.

Those astronomical numbers generated $400 million, eclipsing the previous record set by Mayweather vs. Saul Alvarez in 2012 of $150 million.

“To be honest, I would have been happy with three million (buys),” Top Rank, Inc.’s Bob Arum told Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It ended up being terrific.”

Add those numbers to the highest grossing live gate of all time of around $ 72.2 million, from 16, 219 tickets bought for the bout held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, at a price range of $1,500 up to $10,000.

On top of all that, closed circuit tickets sold at various MGM International properties on The  Strip grossed an additional $6.9 million off of 46,000 tickets sold.

Add it all up and Mayweather vs. Pacquiao grossed $479 million in the United States alone, with a possible $600 million figure possible when overseas PPV numbers roll in.

So with all that said, and the controversy surrounding Pacquiao and his now surgically repaired shoulder, despite Mayweather saying he won’t give Pacman a rematch, these insane numbers would suggest otherwise.

As Mayweather cares about one thing most, that’s money, and there is tons more to be made if the two meet again in the ring next year, especially opening up the under construction MGM/AEG Arena across the street from the MGM.

The sport is called boxing, not fighting and Floyd Mayweather is just playing the sport

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Before I begin, I always feel I need to state the following disclaimer whenever I write about Floyd Mayweather Jr. and that is, for the record I am not a Mayweather fan. However, I am a fan of boxing.

Say whatever you want, “Mayweather ran the whole fight,” “Pacquiao didn’t fight his fight” or “the fight did not live up to the hype.” When push comes to shove, ‘Money’ (48-0, 26 KO’s) did exactly what he always does and Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KO’s) did just the opposite, which is not fight the way he always does and that was the difference. What fans need to realize is that Mayweather had everything to do with that.

Going into this fight I told people two things; one was that Manny Pacquiao had a chance, if he were able to cut off the ring and pressure Mayweather against the ropes. Based on my scorecard written on a pizza restaurant menu, Manny Pacquiao was only able to do that in four rounds. The other thing I told everyone before the fight was that my heart was with Pacquiao, but my money was with Mayweather.

While I believed Pacquiao had a chance if he were able to do what I said, it was Mayweather who was able to implement his game, which regardless of what any casual fan wants to say is the true art of boxing. ‘The Sweet Science’ is not called such because it means to stand and trade toe to toe; it really means to hit and not be hit. That is the object of this game and Mayweather plays it to perfection.

Of course this is not the most pleasing style to the fans, but Mayweather for as much as he is hated for this, has never lied or misled anyone about how he fights. This is what he has done for 48 straight fights now and to think he was going to fight any different, especially when it has worked every single time to this point is ignorance on behalf of casual boxing fans.

I say casual fans because true knowledgeable fans would and should understand that there is no question about how two of the judges and I came up with a 116-112 score. People asked me last night, “How can Mayweather win a fight running?” It’s simple, while he ran, he did punch from time to time, which is what he does, and did so effectively. Meanwhile, Pacquiao did chase, but did not punch effectively; when he was able to do so, he was given the rounds. Unfortunately for him, it only happened for one third of the fight.

Commentators and analysts calling the fight such as Al Bernstein and Max Kellerman pointed out during and after the fight that Pacquiao did not fight with the same punch output as he normally does. Even during his post fight interview with Pacquiao, Kellerman told him we did not see the same ferocity we usually see from him. As much as fans don’t want to, we must give credit to Mayweather for that.

In sports we hear all the time, whomever is able to impose their will, will win the game. In this case it’s clear that Mayweather was able to do that and Pacquiao, though he did for four rounds, was not. Important to note that the only round I was unsure about, round eight, I scored for Pacquiao; it could have easily been scored for Mayweather, which prompted HBO’s Harold Lederman’s score of 117-111.

I know the fight was not the classic everyone had hoped it would be, but for those that paid $100 expecting to see Gatti/Ward, Castillo/Corrales or Morales/Barrera you should have already known. People need to recognize that Mayweather is a boxer, not a fighter and there is a difference. Sure it’s not pleasing, but it’s the name of the game. The sport is called boxing, not fighting and Mayweather is just playing the sport. So don’t hate the player, hate the game.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: PPV start time, story lines, betting lines & more

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao fight night, something that most fans and media around world figured would never happen, is finally upon us.

May 2 has been circled on not just boxing fans calenders, but casual sports fans’ as well, as the “Fight of the Century” is garnering attention a boxing matches hasn’t seen in quite some time.

So before the big pay-per-view extravaganza takes place tonight from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, here is a little primer to catch you up to date on the most anticipated sporting event in the last tow decades.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao PPV Start time:

What: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao

When: Saturday, May 2, beginning at 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT in a co-produced effort by HBO and Showtime.

Price: $89.99 standard definition/$99.95 high definition

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Betting Lines (via Bovada):

Money Line:

Floyd Mayweather -210

Manny Pacquiao +170

Fight Outcomes:

Mayweather via KO, TKO or DQ: +500

Pacquiao via KO, TKO or DQ: +425

Mayweather via decision or technical decision: -120

Pacquiao via decision or technical decision: +375

Draw or technical draw: +900

Weights:

Limit: 147 pounds (welterweight)

Floyd Mayweather Jr: 146 pounds

Manny Pacquiao: 145 pounds

Story Lines:

Titles on the line:

Floyd Mayweather: WBC and WBA welterweight titles

Manny Pacquiao: WBO welterweight title

WBC: A special WBC belt worth $1 million will also be awarded to the winner of the fight.

Mayweather:

Well the biggest story line here is that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are finally meeting in the ring after six long ears of speculation, near makes and trash-talk between the two fighters camps.

Mayweather has his perfect record of 47-0 on the line, as he is in pursuit to retire undefeated, the Pacquiao bout is seen at the best shot at someone handing him his first loss of his career.

Add that on top of Mayweather stating he will retire after he fulfills his six-fight Showtime/CBS deal, this would make Saturday’s bout his second to last fight, with a September bout being his farewell affair.

Pacquiao:

For Pacquiao this represents a chance to redeem a rocky 2012 where he suffered a pair of losses. One was a controversial decision loss to Timothy Bradley, and the other was the punch hear around the world, when he was knocked out cold by longtime foe Juan Manuel Marquez,

Some fight fans are still weary of Pacquiao even after avenging his loss to Bradley last year, and compiling a record of 3-0, also betting Brandon Rios and Chris Algieri in that time.

A lot of media, fans, and Pacquiao’s camp itself have been making this fight “Good vs. Evil,” claiming Mayweather is evil with his flashy, over the top, troubles with the law ways. With Pacquiao being good, as he is the religious guy, who gives a lot to his home country of the Philippines where he serves on congress.

Again, all those will be forgotten as soon as both fighters make their way to the ring and are standing toe-to-toe prior to the opening bell in Round 1.

Rematch:

A lot of talk is that if Manny Pacquiao wins, there is a draw, or there is a controversial decision for Floyd Mayweather that there will be a rematch. With how the whole build up to the fight, mainly involving the ticket issues that were only resolved 10 days ago, leading to Pacquiao skipping the MGM grand arrival, the likelihood of a rematch or very slim at this time.

Prediction:

Despite the betting line on a draw dropped from +2000 when it opened to +900 today, the conspiracy that a draw will take place i possible, but, not being taken in this instance.

Mayweather will used a mix of his infamous defensive tactics to thwart of the majority of Pacquiao’s attacks. The general consensus is that Pacquiao will be the aggressor, tying to walk down Mayweather, which plays perfectly into Mayweather’s fight style.

Sure, there will be opportunities for Pacquiao to land some potential fight-changing shots, but in return, Pacquiao going for those, will also lead to more missed punches, than landed. Giving Mayweather an opportunity to do what he does best; counter punch.

Both fighters will have their moments, but there will likely be no knockdowns, but still an entertaining bout will take place.

Mayweather will use his incredible ability to adapt in-fight, an adjust his style to best Pacquiao, especially in the latter rounds.

Mayweather: via unanimous decision, 116-112.