your just scraping the surface if you think the terms of the fight and money are the real issues. FMJ ducking Pac because Pac has the style that can give him his first loss. I agree with you that Manny's legacy has been established. You cannot say that to FMJ. there's always a question mark on his legacy by not fighting pac
And so with Pacquiao who is bombarded by the controversial result of the last two encounter with Marquez which most believe that Marquez won. Fear is not also an issue for both fighters because they would never reach their status just to fear another fighter. In annihilating Morales, de la hoya, cotto and mosley there are always logical reason for these fallen fighters to be dominated because of deprivation of nutrition and weight issues. Floyd fought these fighters at there best weight and perhaps at their peek. Pacquiao might have the style to beat Floyd but for most aspects Pacquiao would be totally dominated, the weight alone is one big factor.
I'm saying this not because I prefer Floyd over Pac. I just admire Floyd's talent and skills not his personality. But if the fight happens of course I would root on Manny for I'm a Filipino but my mind would always favor Floyd because of the above-mentioned facts. Perhaps lets discuss on fighters advantage on the following aspects to really find out who got the realistic advantage:
A. Experience - MANNY. I can say that Manny got a little advantage on this based from the number of fights.
B. Weight - FLOYD. Obviously Floyd would be heavier and packs more power than Manny for he's a regular welterweight.
C. Skills - FLOYD. C'mon... Floyd is way too fast, too quick, too talented, and too smart than Manny (of course on the welterweight division).
D. Offense - MANNY. Well, I say Pacquiao got the slight advantage but question is: Can he land those punches in bunches?
E. Defense - FLOYD. No doubt, Floyd. He's a defense and counterpunch specialist. If Manny could not handle Marquez' counterpunch how much more with Floyd who toyed with Marquez.
F. Reach - Manny's 68 cm reach against Floyd's 71. Advantage: FLOYD
G. Focus - FLOYD. The multitasking Manny with politics is a big let down. He's new found faith is not much of a help. Floyd's domestic violence won't affect him at all, he's used to it. Though ODD but his cockiness, pride, and practicallity helps him a lot in Psychological aspect, not to mention his motivation on MONEY. The advantage is still on Floyd
H. Height - FLOYD
I. Power - FLOYD. A definite match in welterweight limit FLOYD packs more power while Manny needs to land more to get the KO.
J. Quality of Opponents - FLOYD. FMJ fought most credible fighters on their convenient weight and on their prime. In Manny's case he fought them deprived of good nutrion and condition.
K. Level of Decline - FLOYD. The last four fights of Manny reveals he's decline. Not much with Floyd.
So there you go FMJ-9 MP-2. Those are my realistic and logical basis.You may suggest any other logical aspects... Bring it on.