Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Keys to Victory for Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. Justin Fuller May 2, 2015 Events, Previews, Spotlight We are hours away from one of the most history boxing events ever. On Saturday, May 2, 2015, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will finally face off at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in front of thousands of fans and millions tuning in from around the world. The bout is expected to break every pay-per-view record in existence and will generate more money than the Super Bowl. Both fighters bring their own set of strengths and weaknesses to the table. Pac-Man, the aggressive forward pressing knockout artists; Money, the masterful counter-puncher, and defensive fighter. Which fighters skills will prevail, and who will come out on top? While Mayweather is the betting favorite, Pacquiao will be his toughest test to date and most fans have their money on the upset. Make no mistake, while Mayweather has all the tools and skills to win this fight and is much deserving of the odds in his favor, he will have to fight the fight of his life and can’t make one misstep in order to win. And here’s how he’ll do it. Take it Easy in the Early Rounds In order for Mayweather to have the tank to win the later rounds, he’s going to have to drop the first three rounds to Pacquiao. Let his opponent try and push the pace, swing for the early knockout, and play off the ropes and wear him down with clinching and stiff jabs. It will look like Mayweather is running, but in fact he’s wearing down Pacquiao for the later rounds. Watch for the Straight Left Mayweather will lean forward and to the right when throwing a left hook, which works well when fighting orthodox stance fighters. The problem here is Pacquiao is a southpaw, and instead of jab coming at him it will be a straight left with power. If Mayweather can’t make the adjustment and circle right he’ll be in danger real quick. Stick the Jab No one has a better jab in all of combat sports than Money, and that is going to be how he racks up the rounds on his way to a decision victory. Every time Pacquiao comes forward with bunches of punches he’ll eat a stiff jab, and while it will look like he’s doing more to win the fight, he’ll be taking more damage. Those jabs will add up, and come the 5th round, you’ll see Mayweather turn the tide on the second half of every round. Pacquiao will get frustrated by the stiff jab keeping anything big from landing.