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Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Is Roach underestimating Floyd's punching power?

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The distinguished boxing website FightHype recently caught up with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach who expressed his thoughts on Mayweather vs Pacquiao and the presumed differentiator that may decide the fight.

Roach acknowledged both fighters' speed but insisted his man has more punching power and that may be the deciding factor come May 2.


"Floyd has speed, but he doesn't have a lot of power...Pacquiao is a great puncher with a lot of speed."


Ironically, neither fighter has been knocking out opponents recently. Floyd's has one knockout in his last six fights (KO 4 Victor Ortiz, 2011) and Manny one in his last ten (Miguel Cotto, 2009). But in the latter's defense, Pacquiao appeared to take his 'foot off the gas' against Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito, seemingly content to cruise to wide decision victories.

As for Mayweather, the current lineal welterweight champion has deceptive power. Despite the fact he's KO'd most of his opponents, some in the media actually believe Mayweather is incapable of ring brutality.

Floyd punches for speed and accuracy and, as a result, often doesn't sit on his punches to maximize leverage. However, when he decides to plant his feet and load up, his power is formidable.

Victor Ortiz can vouch for that.

And despite suffering from chronic hand problems the last ten or more years, Mayweather can still hurt his opponents, especially with his straight right hand and that sweeping check left hook. Moreover, he likes to surprise foes with punches they don’t see which adds to the impact of his shots.

Fight legend Shane Mosley, who has faced both fighters, recently cautioned Pacquiao to be wary of Floyd's power.

"[Pacquiao] does have good speed, good power; Mayweather also has good speed and good power," Mosley told thaboxingvoice.com.


"A lot of people don’t think he hits as hard but he does have good power the way he throws his punches."

"Floyd has the power to hurt [Pacquiao]. Floyd has good underrated power. He likes to make people come to him, and when he hits them they feel it."


Also, last fall and after their rematch, the rugged Marcos Maidana inisisted Floyd's power was "respectable."

Is Trainer Roach underrestimating Floyd's punching power?

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