Of course, how does the saying go? Predictions… just like that a-hole next to you on the bus who won’t shut up about his, everybody has one – that is until May 3rd crack of dawn. Nevertheless, I’ll put up mine here and I won’t back away from it come round twelve (should it toll, indeed) this Saturday night in Las Vegas. Sure, there has been a lot of speculation. Teddy Atlas, for example is very vociferously going with the Vegas odds, saying Mayweather wins over Pacquiao – stolidly nixing Freddie Roach’s prediction that Pacquiao KO’s Mayweather in the ninth as pure BS bluster. As for my prediction, I take a little bit from both worlds capitulating to neither. Yes, Manny Pacquiao looks very very relaxed in Vegas right now – which is generally exactly how he looks when he is about to crush somebody that everyone believes is simply beyond his reach …. Hello, anybody remember De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao? Bloodbath for Oscar. However, Mayweather’s gift is that he is a defensive genius. As such, if the fight goes the distance, advantage Mayweather. If both men make it to the twelfth round, then Mayweather has done what he does best – land on his opponent without equal answer – earning Mayweather a win by majority decision. However – and this is a big however, if Pacquiao can actually get past the Mayweather defense and penetrate it, as Marcos Maidana showed was possible in his first war with Floyd, I believe Pacquiao wins by KO in the sixth or seventh round throwback Manilla Ice style.