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Mayweather and Pacquiao old? Ages mean nothing, results tell the story

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Some insist Saturday's megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is five or six years too late because the fighters are 38 and 36, respectively.

Critics say the fighters are 'too old,' equating their ages to some sort of presumed demise. 

It's as if one turns 35 and his skills somehow automatically downgrade the second he blows out his birthday cake candles.

Perhaps those who say Mayweather and Pacquiao are too old haven't seen them fight recently? And it's obvious they know little about boxing or the human body. As a result, they are devoid of any real substance or evidence to support their premise.

While some choose to base opinions on two numbers and nothing more, perhaps it's best to examine the fighters' standings, body of work and recent accomplishments?

After all, what really matters in  any  craft or vocation are the deliverables (i.e. results), not one's age, youth or perceived views on age and youth.


Thanks to enhancements in training and nutrition as well as more few open minds, today's professional boxers are able to thrive at ages that were once unimaginable.

Boxing is a sport of constant growth. It's a lot like life because there is always more to learn.

With their reflexes, strength and stamina well in-tact, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have the best of both worlds. Not only are they among the most physically-capable in the sport, they also possess years of precious wisdom, in boxing and in life.

They have seen everything in the ring and experienced a great deal outside the ring. As a result, they are better equipped than fare lesser-experienced 20 somethings to deal with challenges, inside and outside the ring.

Are Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao old men?

Mayweather vs Pacquiao Recent Facts & Stats  

  • Still unbeaten, Floyd Mayweather, the highest paid athlete in the world the last three years,  is considered by most the best fighter in boxing, pound-for-pound.

  • Manny Pacquiao is widely recognized as the No. 2 or 3 pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.

  • Both men are bonafied world titlists in the most competitive division on boxing, and Floydis the lineal world champion in two weight classes

  • A tired, desperate, bloody Juan Manuel Marquez, seemingly on the verge of a getting knocked out by Pac-Man, landed a monstrous right hand that sent Manny Pacquiao to the canvas face first in Round 6. However, some forget that Marquez, prior to that perfect right hand counter, was in dire straits as Pac-Man had been unleashing some bitter hurt on his foe, an elite, top 10 pound-for-pound fighter.

    JMM, to this day, has refused to step in the ring with Manny again.

  • After Pacquiao's win over Brandon Rios in November 2013, Mike Tyson stated, "No fighter [in boxing history] looked more sensational than Pacquiao the other night."

  • It may have been Saturday, but school was in session at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 14, 2013 s Floyd Mayweather outclassed surging 23 year old Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. Floyd was quick, precise and extremely sharp, even dropping hard leather at times to keep the younger, bigger man at bay.

  • In their rematch last summer, Manny soundly defeated Tim Bradley, an elite-level, top 5 pound-for-pound fighter presumably in his prime.

  • And last fall, Manny recorded six knockdowns as he cruised to victory against previously unbeaten Chris Algieri, a crafty, much taller, defensive-minded world champion who had just defeated red hot Ruslan Provodnikov.

  • Showing his speed and skills are still very much intact, Floyd defeated the awkward, tenacious Marcos Maidana twice last year, even standing toe-to-toe with the brawling KO artist during most of first bout.

  • In the last two years, Floyd and Manny are a combined 7-0, conquering the likes of Tim Bradley and Canelo Alvarez in the process.


Roy Jones, 46, is over-the-hill and Bernard Hopkins, 50, is past his prime but Floyd Mayweather, 38, and Manny Pacquiao, 36, still represent the creme de la creme of boxing and are not far removed from their primes.


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