"Styles make fights." It's an oldie but a goodie. But the biggest question mark here is that no one can be completely sure how the style match-up between Floyd and Manny will play out. Will Pacquiao's relentless aggression be able to overwhelm the defensive mastery of Mayweather, or will his aggression and small stature just play into Floyd's patented counter shots? There are so many different ways this fight could play out, we're all just eager to see it happen already.
Yesterday, in a Las Vegas news conference, Mayweather expressed some of his thoughts about his upcoming showdown with the Filipino icon.
"From the matchup, it is going to be a very exciting fight."
"Our styles are totally different. I fight with smarts. Every move is calculated. Every move is thought about."
Yet Floyd couldn't bring himself to say as much about his May 2nd foe...
"He fought very, very recklessly in the Marquez fight," Mayweather said. "I could have had the same type of career but my career wouldn't have lasted this long."
He has had a long run in the sport - he's the last remnant of the 1996 US Olympic Boxing Team (aside from whatever Antonio Tarver is doing). For most of his life boxing was something he loved, but a lot of that love has faded and now he just views it as a job, as a business.
"No. I don't enjoy it like I once did," said Mayweather. "It is at a point where it is business. It is my job. I go to the gym. I train. I know what I have to do."
Following this upcoming bout, Mayweather only has one fight left on his contract with Showtime, and insists that September will mark his final farewell to the sport of boxing. Certainly there are those who don't believe him, thinking that he'll continue fighting on for either more money or to break Rocky Marciano's record, but he stands adamant about his intentions to leave it all behind this fall.