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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: MMA Decides - Part 3

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We are only a day away from one of the biggest boxing bouts in history, as Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao step into the ring to finally find out who the better man is. So who will win the welterweight matchup that has everyone talking? FO asked some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts who they believe will have their hand raised on Saturday night.

Welcome to the third and final instalment of Fighters Only's predictions for tomorrow night's welterweight championship boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. All the marbles are on the table as the WBA Super, WBC, The Ring and WBO titles will be on the line when the two meet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

In part one and part two of our prediction pieces, FO spoke to Johny Hendricks, Dana White, Matt Brown, Gabriel Gonzaga and many more about the key aspects of fight and who they believe will be the victor. We've got even more of MMA's key figures, including Demetrious Johnson, Lyoto Machida and Mark Hunt, to share their thoughts on who they think will walk away with all the gold on Saturday night.

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Demetrious Johnson (22-2-1)

UFC flyweight champion

“It's going to be a great fight. I have Mayweather winning the fight. Mayweather's part is going to be amazing because he's never lost and he's beat guys that Pacquiao has lost too. Pacquiao has lost and he's been knocked out cold before so you can see that there are some holes in his boxing. Mayweather has no holes in his boxing.”

 

Lyoto Machida (22-6)

Former UFC 205lb champion

“I believe in Pacquiao. He's faster and he can do a lot of combinations.”

 

Mark Hunt (10-9-1)

UFC heavyweight contender

“My heart says Manny Pacquiao but honestly, who knows. After all, the main man is quite strong (laughs). I'm on the fence for this fight like no other. As I said, my heart is with Pacquiao but 'Money' Mayweather is the man. He's just so dominant.

“It's amazing to think about just how much money they'll be earning for the fight. But they're also the last of that in boxing. Nobody else generates the kind of cash they do, so when they're gone boxing is going to go backwards in terms of pay-per-view revenue. They're the last of that breed.”

 

Gegard Mousasi (36-5)

UFC middleweight contender

“If Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fought a couple years ago, when Manny was in his prime, I definitely would've bet my money on Manny. A couple years ago, I think Manny was unbeatable, but Floyd is good with making the fights whenever he's ready, whenever he feels it's in his favor. At the moment, I would say Mayweather wins the fight. I think it's going to be a decision.” 

 

Chad Mendes (17-2)

Top UFC 145lb contender

“In my heart, I want Pacquiao to win. I've been a Pacquiao fan for awhile and I love him and his style. However, I just see Mayweather coming away with the win. Pacquiao in his prime would've handled Mayweather but I don't know about this day and age. It's probably the biggest fight in boxing history.”

 

Demian Maia (20-6)

Former UFC middleweight challenger

“I think Mayweather is more focused right now. If it was a couple years ago, it would be more even but now I think Mayweather will win.”

 

Dan Hardy (25-10)

Former UFC welterweight contender turned TV analyst

“Right now I would have to go with Mayweather. I just think he's aged better than Pacquiao and not suffered in the same way Manny has in the latter part of his career. Floyd still seems a little more fresh.”

 

Michael Page (7-0)

Undefeated Bellator prospect

“Mayweather, all day. Any time he gets into a ring with someone, I believe he's the smartest person in the fight. When you have a mind like his, if you can't knock him out in the first few rounds while he's analyzing the situation, he's either going to knock you out or beat you on points. He's very good at defending and he'll keep landing the strikes he needs to land. Pacquiao is no bum but I don't believe he can beat Mayweather.”

 

Aljamain Sterling (11-0)

Undefeated UFC bantamweight

“I don't have much to say about that fight to be honest. I'm a big Mayweather fan but I don't have much on the breakdown for this one. I just hope Pacman can make it a competitive fight and not get stuck trying to hit Houdini. (Laughs)”

 

Joe Soto (15-3)

Former Bellator featherweight champion 

“That's a hard one. Usually defense wins championships and Floyd is the best defensive fighter on the planet. That might work against him in this fight. Pacquiao has too much offense, and throws too many punches for Floyd to keep up with. 'Pacman' wins by decision or knockout in the later rounds.”

 

Clint Hester (11-4)

TUF 17 middleweight

“Mayweather will take this fight. Pacquiao has great speed but he has a bunch of holes in his combinations. With Mayweather's defense I see him exploiting these holes. I believe it will be a decision win for Mayweather, with him winning eight rounds to four. It'll take about four rounds for Mayweather to get Pacquiao's timing down.”

 

Eddie Gordon (7-3)

TUF 19 winner

“I'm a big fan of both fighters, but Floyd Mayweather is the best counter puncher and boxer and for that reason I feel like he's going to win. Manny Pacquiao will always have a punchers chance though.”

 

Marcus Davis (22-11)

Retired UFC veteran

“I would've loved to have seen this fight in 2011 because Manny Pacquiao would've been at his best. However, time and difficult fights have taken more of a toll on him than Mayweather. Mayweather has been able to avoid a lot of damage, he avoids the brawl and his style makes it hard for his opponent to get going. I'm afraid Mayweather will turn this into the most boring fight he can so he doesn't get caught with any good shots. I'll be rooting for Manny Pacquiao on that night though.”

 

Mike Ciesnolevicz (19-4)

UFC and IFL veteran

“The fact that it took six years to make this fight tells me Pacquiao might be in Mayweather's head. Pacman poses some interesting problems due to his hand speed, foot speed and most of all the fact that he's a southpaw. Pacquiao has to be aggressive, attack and believe in his skills to win and I'm sure Freddie Roach has him prepared for this challenge. If I had a million dollars I'd bet on Floyd by decision but it won't be an easy fight.”