Saturday, May 2, 2015

Phillies players & prospects weigh in on Pacquiao vs Mayweather

fight posterAbout a month ago, Phillies Nation featured a post with prospects Brian Pointer and Mark Leiter Jr. predicting the outcome of the entire WrestleMania 31 card. Now, as the biggest boxing match in history approaches, those two and others took time to offer their thoughts on Saturday night's huge title match between undefeated Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao with the unified welterweight championship on the line.

Read ahead for comments from Pointer and Leiter as well as Phils relievers Justin De Fratus and Mario Hollands, Phillies backstop Cameron Rupp, pitching prospect Matt Imhof, Lehigh Valley righty hurler Tyler Knigge, top prospect J.P. Crawford, Clearwater third baseman Mitch Walding, Reading's speedy center fielder Roman Quinn along with former Phillies All-Star and current minor league coach Mickey Morandini.

Pointer- Money Mayweather will win in a unanimous decision.

Leiter- I'll take Pac-man. Turn it into a three-fight series!

De Fratus- No prediction. I don't know a thing about boxing. But I'll be rooting for Pacquiao.


Hollands- I think Pacquiao will win. I'll be watching from Florida.

Rupp- I'm hopin' Pac-man takes it!

Imhof- I got Money Mayweather winning via unanimous decision.

Knigge- I hope Manny takes it.

Crawford- Got Team Money!

Walding- I got Money Mayweather winning it.

Quinn- I got Mayweather winning unanimously!


Following 10 replies, we're tied at five for each combatant.  With this crucial inquiry needing a determining vote, I contacted an elder.  Current Reading Fightins coach and member of the Phillies' 1993 World Series team Mickey Morandini was to be the deciding ballot.

Morandini- Don't really care, but I think Mayweather will win.

There you have it with the firm and decisive input.  Majority in this survey takes Money Mayweather for the win.  Will you be watching?  Give us your thoughts in the comments section and let us know which side you are on.
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