In just a few short hours boxing history will be made as the two greatest boxers of this generation battle it out in the ring. On one side of the ring will be undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and on the other side will be eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

Heading into this bout Pacquiao finds himself as the underdog for the first time in a very long time. As the current #2 pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Pacquiao is generally the favorite, but not against Mayweather.

While the underdog role is unfamiliar to Pacquiao, it’s something that makes him an extremely dangerous opponent for Mayweather. There are no real expectations for Pacquiao to win on Saturday. Most true boxing fans and pundits see Mayweather’s technical ability and defensive prowess as too much for Pacquiao.

But if you know boxing then you know Pacquiao has the tools to get the job done, and stylistically he’s an interesting matchup for Mayweather. His aggressive style and unpredictable southpaw attack angles are enough to keep anyone guessing, and with boxing guru Freddie Roach in his corner anything is possible.

Regardless of the outcome of tonight’s fight, Pacquiao’s legacy as an all-time great has already been decided. While he may not go down as the greatest boxer of his generation he is one of the finest fighters to ever step into the ring.

Let’s take a moment and celebrate Pacquiao’s greatness; because unlike Mayweather, Pacquiao has never been afraid to throw caution to the wind in the ring. He paid with losses for being reckless but at the end of the day it’s that mental fortitude that has endeared him to the fans.

Enjoy!

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.