Manny Pacquiao - 10 ways he can beat Floyd Mayweather
Mayweather v Pacquiao: Volume of punches, self-belief and blistering handspeed - how the underdog can inflict first defeat on American
Up for the challenge: Manny Pacquiao is the underdog, but his handspeed and quick footwork will be a match for Floyd MayweatherPhoto: GETTY IMAGES
By Gareth A Davies, Boxing Correspondent
3:00PM BST 29 Apr 2015
Manny Pacquiao has blistering handspeed, and can unleash dangerous attacks up close.
Short and squat, powerful neck and torso, Pacquiao’s physique has enabled him to climb through eight weight divisions.
Not only does Pacquiao have lightning fast feet, he is able to employ a crab-like movement to create unusual angles of attack on his opponents.
Never believes he is beaten. Comes out every round looking to hunt down his opponent, and doesn't fear being hit.
Pacquiao has a 59 per cent knockout ratio, due to his explosive power, but has an accumulative effect on his opponents during fights. The last time he viciously KO’d an opponent was Ricky Hatton in 2009.
Pacquiao rarely takes a round for a breather in a championship fight. He has legendary cardio vascular capacity, and is relentless in pursuit of his foes.
Pacquiao looks to pressure opponents, and wear them down. An ageing Mayweather could be a factor in this fight. Fighters can grow old in one night.
Pacquiao's left hand is his dangerous weapon.
Driven by deep belief that he is on a mission with God’s blessing, Pacquiao has used his fame in boxing to enter politics and serve the Filipino people. His coach Freddie Roach says Pacquiao deals with pressure “rent free”.
Gameplan: volume of punches
The theory is that if Pacquiao can throw in excess of 800 punches in this fight, and come in and out from range, and unleash his combinations, he could win on points.