What could have happened if Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. reached an agreement to fight two years ago?
What could have transpired if Mayweather granted Pacquiao the 50-50 split the Filipino boxer was asking for during their telephone conversation back in January 2012?
According to former world champion Austin Trout, the eight-division champion would have roughed up Mayweather and given the controversial boxer his first career defeat.
Trout, who used to own the WBA light middleweight crown, said the fighting congressman has the perfect fighting style that could have foiled Mayweather’s evasiveness in the ring.
“I believe that maybe a year ago, one or two years ago, Manny Pacquiao would have beaten Floyd,” Trout said in an interview with On The Ropes Boxing radio.
Trout, however, said that might no longer be possible today.
Although he believes that Pacquiao still has the capacity to knock people out, he thinks the Filipino champion has already “slowed down.”
“Manny is not the same fighter he was a year ago. A year ago, I think he definitely could have given Floyd his first loss, but he’s slowed down a bit and he’s lost a step or two,” he said.
Trout said that in order to beat Floyd, Pacquiao will have to pin Mayweather to a corner and batter the controversial boxer. “You got to be on your A game, firing on all cylinders, if you’re gonna beat Floyd,” he said.
Efforts have repeatedly been made to pit the two boxing superstars against each other, but the fight failed to materialize because of disagreements between the two camps.
Mayweather even reached Pacquiao through a phone call in early 2012, but refused to give the Pinoy superstar an equal share in pay-per-view earnings.