Oscar de la Hoya and Shane Mosley are two of the greatest boxers of all time, but neither man could defeat Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, who will collide this upcoming Saturday night (May 2, 2015) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather claimed de la Hoya's WBC light middleweight title in 2007 and Pacquiao retired him one year later, making "Golden Boy" quit on his stool after eight rounds of relentless abuse. Mosley, meanwhile, rocked "Money" twice back in 2010 en route to a unanimous decision loss, and then suffered a similar result months later against "Pac Man," where he was floored in the third round.
HBO, which is co-promoting the mega match alongside premium cable competitor Showtime, recently got de la Hoya and Mosley in a room together during a half-hour "Legends Speak" special to share their wisdom. Juan Miguel Marquez, Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton -- all of whom also competed against both Mayweather and Pacquiao -- also shared their unique perspectives ... and predictions!
- Mosley: "I think that Mayweather has the speed, movement and ability to win. This is a fight that can definitely go either way, but my pick is Mayweather."
- de la Hoya: My head is with Mayweather, but my corazon (heart) is with Pacquiao.
- Cotto: "I am not going to pick a winner because this is a tough fight. But, the guy who comes with no fear of anything on May 2 is going to be the winner."
- Marquez: "I think Mayweather wins this fight because he has experience, great defense and uses the counterpunch very well. Mayweather is also more intelligent than Pacquiao, which is the reason I think Mayweather will win."
- Hatton: "I give Floyd the edge because he can generally adapt to whatever style he’s in against and I think he’ll adapt to Manny."
Former boxing champions and fellow legends, George Foreman, Lennox Lewis and Bernard Hopkins were also featured in the special, with Foreman the only one of the bunch who picked Pacquiao. So while the "experts" have it 6-1-1 for "Money," the celebrities (watch them here) have a slightly more balanced 6-4-1 prediction in favor of the undefeated Welterweight champion.
And the bookies in Vegas appear to agree, too.
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