Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Composite Image.
Is Floyd Mayweather Jr. saving the best for last?
Fight analyst Bill Tibbs believes so as he explained the main difference between the American and Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao and why their super bout hasn’t come into fruition.
Tibbs pointed out that Pacquiao is a real fighter, one that never backs out from a challenge, however, formidable it may be.
He said that not even Juan Manuel Marquez’s devastating counter right hand that knocked out Pacquiao prevented the popular fighter from standing up and resuming his colorful career.
“Manny Pacquiao fights. That’s what he does. He wins and he keeps going. He loses and he keeps going. He gets knocked out cold and he keeps going. That’s what real fighters do. He is a modern-era, throwback fighter if there ever was one. Manny will get in the ring with anyone, preferably the best available opponent out there, anytime,” said Tibbs in Max Boxing.
He said Pacquiao is reminiscent of history’s best boxers who sought out the toughest opponent available.
“The great fighters of the past - the real fighters - fought the best available at every opportunity they could,” said Tibb.
This is unlike Mayweather, who despite his superb boxing prowess, has eluded Pacquiao. According to Tibbs, the undefeated American treats the sport as a business as he always looks at the “big picture.”
But the analyst thinks Mayweather is saving the Pacquiao fight for last.
“Perhaps Floyd, who does hint his professional end is near, is sitting quietly while he waits for his last bout, saving the Pacquiao extravaganza as his swansong classic,” he said.
“Let’s hope Floyd decides to do what a fighter at his level is supposed to do: fight the best available opponent fight fans are demanding in the fight everyone really wants to see him in. Time will tell.”