Boxing fans are in for an extremely thrilling encounter as both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather aim to win convincingly in their May 2 mega fight at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas
Pacquiao said on Monday he would “overwhelm” Mayweather and try to win every round with his formidable combination of speed and power.
“The strategy is to make every round the fight. To win the fight I must win each round. And to win each round I must overwhelm him with speed, punch volume and power,” said Pacquiao, who holds a record eight world titles in different weight classes.
Stressing that he knows what it takes to beat Mayweather, Pacquiao added: “If the opportunity to knock Floyd out presents itself, I will take advantage of it… and I will leave no doubt that I won on May 2.”
The 36-year-old Pacquiao (57-5-2, 35 knockouts) promised to bring out the old warrior in the ring in him and fight like it was the last fight of his life.
He declared that he is in “great condition” and expects to be in the same tip-top shape as when he stopped Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto, two elite champions who gave Mayweather a hard time in their respective fights.
Pacquiao said he and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach will be looking to add a lot of the “attack and pressure” strategy they used against De La Hoya and Cotto.
But Mayweather said he is aiming to be “flawless” in the biggest fight of his career against Pacquiao and hinted he is aiming for nothing less than a knockout.
“I don’t want to just win,” Mayweather said in an interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith in an exclusive interview aired by the sports channel Sunday. “I want my inside game flawless, and I want my outside game flawless.”
“I wanna [win]in such beautiful fashion. I want to do it with such class, such grace.”
Mayweather said that unlike many of his previous opponents, he expects Pacquiao to attack him from the opening bell and keep the pressure throughout the fight Bu the brash consensus pound-for-pound best boxer in the world said he knows exactly how to deal with Pacquiao, who he described as “too reckless” for his own good.
“There’s five ways to beat him. There’s no way [for him]to beat me,” said Mayweather, who recently took the self-appointed moniker “The Best Ever.”
“Choose the weight class, put him in front of me, I’ll beat him. Same mentality on May 2. Put him in front of me, I’ll beat him,” Mayweather said.
The self-absorbed WBA and WBC 147-pound champion, however, raised a lot of eyebrows among boxing experts and fans alike after he claimed he is better than the legendary Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson.
“No one ever brainwashed me to make me believe Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me. No one can ever brainwash me and tell me that,” said Mayweather, who is unbeaten in 47 professional fights.
“I respect those guys because these are the guys that paved the way for me to be where I’m at today. But for me to give [boxing]my whole life… To say there’s someone better than me, absolutely not,” he added.