Originally Posted by bodhi
Mqayweather never beat someone with the combination of skill and workrate like Mayweather while Ross beat fighters who proved themselves better than Mayweather and you still pick him. Strange pick.
Why? Because it doesn't coincide with yours?
This comes down to style match-up.
Mayweather has a five inch edge in terms of reach, and that alone will limit the effectiveness of Ross' jab at least to some extent while giving PBF a better chance to land the right hand counter over it. Ross was a very very good boxer puncher, but in order to produce his greater workrate, he's sacrificing a bit of defense, and allowing Maywether still more chances to counter with clean shots. Shorter fighters like Canzoneri and McLarnin were able to have success doing so (Canzoneri arguably won both fights with Ross, McLarnin took one of the three), so a fighter who matches them in terms of pure speed would likely be able to do so as well.
Neither Mayweather or Ross was a devastating puncher and even if they were both of them are tough enough to ensure that this fight goes the distance. Ross will likely throw more punches and make good use of the jab, while Mayweather will certainly use and land the jab and counter with the right hand. Therefore, a fight like this comes down to what the judges like more, and when that happens there's often a split of opinion
Close fight in terms of talent, abilty, and I think on the scorecards imo.
And I fail to see what's strange about that.