BOTH men have fought Juan Manuel Marquez and comparing those performances could be telling. Over three intense battles there was little to separate Manny Pacquiao and Marquez and most recently the Mexican stopped Manny with a crunching knockout. In contrast Floyd Mayweather was larger than Marquez and comprehensively outboxed him.
But Pacquiao can take some encouragement from looking better in comparison again Ricky Hatton, when he halted the Englishman more quickly than Floyd did, Shane Mosley [above], who tagged Mayweather, and Miguel Cotto, against whom Pacquiao was simply stunning.
Pacquiao’s track record is remarkable but hasn’t dispelled the sense that he could find Mayweather’s style difficult.