Pacquiao, Roach ready against ‘dirty tactics’ – Peñalosa
Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he is going to come out swinging and be the aggressor early against Manny Pacquiao when they meet in Saturday’s super fight in Las Vegas (Sunday morning in the Philippines).
The 38-year-old Mayweather, who is putting his undefeated record on the line to fight Filipino icon Pacquiao at the MGM Grand, usually needs a few rounds to feel out and adjust to his opponent’s game plan.
“I am going to approach it in a very, very aggressive way and go out there and press the attack early,” he said on Thursday night on the NBA on TNT.
“Of course I would love to win by knockout. I am pretty sure he is going to come at me extremely strong.
“I am facing one of the best fighters I have ever faced.”
Mayweather was on the NBA television show with hosts Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson.
Mayweather’s disclosure on Thursday night that he will be the aggressor is welcome news to boxing fans who are being charged a hefty $100 for the pay-per-view to watch the fight in their homes.
The 12-round welterweight unification fight is expected to generate a record $400 million in revenue.
Mayweather’s longevity in the sport has been attributed to his brilliant defense and counterpunching skills but it also makes for some boring fights.
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach also on Thursday said he goes to sleep watching some of Mayweather’s title fights.
Mayweather, the world’s highest grossing athlete, said he would spend the next day and half before the fight doing light workouts, watching playoff basketball on TV and trying to stay focused.
“I want to be real relaxed and real calm. I just try to have tunnel vision when I am on my way to the gym,” he added.
Mayweather, who is 47-0 with 26 KOs, told the shows hosts the secret to keeping his unblemished record intact is that he never takes any opponent lightly.
“Even if I am fighting a guy they say is just a regular guy, then I am still going to train extremely hard.”
Mayweather told Barkley he doesn’t watch tapes of his opponents because he learns all he needs to about them once they are trading blows in the ring.
“I never watch my opponent. I feel like you can have a certain game plan, but once you get inside that square circle the game plan changes,” he said.
“Boxers may fight certain guys the same way, but they fight me different.”
Manny’s conditioning will prevail
Pacquiao, the reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion, said he is looking forward to finally facing May weather in the ring.
“I’m really happy that my fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. will now happen. It is the fight that the people really wanted for a long, long time,” Pacquiao, 36, told The Manila Times. “I challenged him a long, long time and he just made it happened now.”
Before the many world championships that he won, the Filipino boxing superstar, at the age 14, joined the Philippine amateur boxing team where he had a 60-4 win-loss record.
Impoverished, he went to Manila to try his luck in boxing in the early 1990’s.
“When I saw Pacquiao, we already saw his style was not suited for amateur and he was going to be a successful boxer once he goes professional which he did,” said Manny Lopez, former president of Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP).
ABAP was known before as Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines.
In 1995, Pacquiao remembered that he decided to turn professional after the death of his close friend Eugene Barutag, a professional boxer, in the ring.
Nobody thought that Pacquiao would become a boxing star since in his early years, he stood at 4’11 and weighed only at 98 pounds–seven pounds under the minimum weight class.
He worked so hard to become physically strong and fit.
On Sunday, many believe that it is superb conditioning that would become Pacquiao’s edge against Mayweather.
Former world champion Gerry Peñalosa predicted that Pacquiao would defeat the American in later rounds during their scheduled super fight.
Peñalosa, a former World Boxing Council super flyweight and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight champion, believes that Pacquiao’s fast-paced style would be a major disadvantage to Mayweather, who is undefeated in 47 fights with 26 knockouts.
“Manny’s present condition is getting superb as the fight night approaches,” Peñalosa, 42, told The Times in a phone interview. “It is really unbelievable to see how fast and strong Manny is.”
“Manny and Freddie [Roach] have an effective solution in how to deal with Floyd’s dirty tactics,” said Peñalosa, who ended his career with 55-8-2 record with 37 knockouts. “I’m expecting a late round knockout victory by Manny, that’s all.”
Peñalosa also downplayed the leg cramps issue that hounded Pacquiao in the first week of training in Los Angeles, California. “That’s nothing.
When I ran with him, I was surprised that he never got tired. I didn’t see any leg cramps since then.”
He said Mayweather won’t engage with Pacquiao but that is not a problem.
“Manny will chase him and hit him with volume of power-packed punches. He can run but he can’t hide.”