Pacquiao underdog in ‘fight of century’


Manny Pacquiao may be a hero in the Philippines but even his fans and associates admit he will be the underdog in his bout against undefeated Floyd Mayweather in the “fight of the century.”

Betting odds in Las Vegas, where the fight will be held on May 2, favor the 38-year-old American, who has never lost in 47 fights. By contrast, the 36-year-old Pacquiao has 57 victories and five defeats—including two suffered as recently as 2012.

The fight, which was years in the making, will finally answer the question as to which of the two is the best “pound-for-pound” fighter of their generation.

But Pacquiao, who has several other duties outside the ring, has plenty of baggage to shed.

“Manny likes to be in the underdog position,” said sports writer Winchell Campos, who is working on a biography of the fighter.

“He thrives on that kind of pressure. It gives extra motivation for him.”

Pacquiao has made a fortune as a commercial pitchman, dabbled in television, movies and music, and leveraged his boxing fame to get elected to Congress in 2010.

Last year, he even made his debut as player-coach of a newly-created professional basketball team.

All of that, however, will have to be put aside for the Mayweather fight.

“Mayweather will be the favored one [in Las Vegas],” said Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda, who has labeled the bout the Philippine boxer’s “toughest fight”.

“But he [Pacquiao] has a big chance. Every time he fights, everything takes a back seat to training,” he said, noting that Pacquiao will leave in March to train in the United States, away from the distractions in the Philippines.

Philippine Olympic Committee spokesman Joey Romasanta, an avowed fan of the sport, meanwhile warned that “the fighting style of Mayweather is such that it would be very difficult for any fighter to hit him where it would matter.”

“Pacquiao has to be very patient with Mayweather. If he gets too aggressive, there could be problems,” he told AFP.

Romasanta said Pacquiao’s widespread popularity in the Philippines would, however, survive a defeat at Mayweather’s hands.

“It will be a letdown for the country if Pacquiao will lose miserably but I don’t think that will happen,” he said.

Others are more upbeat about Pacquiao’s chances.

Veteran sportscaster Ronnie Nathanielsz, who has covered Pacquiao closely, said the fight would have been much more explosive had it happened four years ago, when both men were younger, but said the passage of time favoured the Philippine boxer.

“It is all going to depend on what kind of condition Mayweather comes in. He is older than Manny. He may age overnight in the ring,” Nathanielsz added.

The American has lost some of his power, the sportscaster said, adding that he believed Pacquiao still retained much of his strength and footspeed, giving him an advantage.

Regardless of perceptions of his chances, the announcement of the long-awaited fight has grabbed the headlines in the Philippines.

“Everyone is ecstatic,” Campos, the sportswriter, said.

“Everyone is looking forward to seeing this fight.”



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  1. It seems ronnie is fooling himself. He said the passage of time has favoured the philippine boxer ha ha ha ha. What a load of tosh. He got knocked out a couple of years ago by a 40 year old who could hardly touch floyd when they fought. He was outboxed by tim bradley when bradley really should hve been stopped, but manny couldnt hardly land a clean punch on tim. Now if he found those 2 guys difficult, just wait untiol he has floyd in front of him. Then ronnie mentions conditioning, i would ask him tell me any fight where floyd has nevr been in tip top condition. Its what has kept him unbeatable, his conditioning & his mental attitude.
    Im sure manny has lost some of his power as he had the human punchbag rios & he was hitting himat will with every single punch. It was rios’s 1st fight at welterweight & he couldnt stop him. We saw how poor rios was in his next fight at welterweight, yes he won but on a dq that was beyond comprehension.
    I wonder what excuses ronnie will think of when floyd beats him as im sure he will have an excuse, he wont have the decency to admit that floyd was the better fighter on the night, he always favours the filipino when he fights a foreigner as do all of you.

  2. Sa tingin ko walang kwenta ang laban na ito dahil sa mga sumusunod:
    1. Matanda na silang pareho dahil 37 at 38 yrs. old na sila.
    2. Segurista si mayweather kaya puro depensa lang iyan at di susugod ng susugod.
    3. Nagmellow na si pacman kaya di tulad ng mga unang laban niya sugod mareno siya magpiplay safe na yan dahil ayaw na rin niyang masaktan.
    4. Kaya ang mangyayari sa ring puro yakapan at gulangan lang ang laban na ito.

  3. Roldan Guerrero on

    I am always on Pacquiao`s side whenever and wherever he fights in the ring. I consider him the best in this generation even being put unconcious by Marquez in the canvas having him unable to beat the count of even 1,000 ( what an embarassing situation in his boxing career ) However, I am an opposition to his meddling with Philippine Political Affairs. Being a popular sports icon is not a complete ticket to run for office intended for intellectuals. I pity him so much for his educational misfortune and he should take this into consideration, that a grade 4 elementary achievement is insufficient to qualify for a task intended for jobs which need lengthy and dedicated intellectual enhancements. He also messed basketball in his social mountain climbs, now a playing coach doing a Jaworski. But then, being very rich means irresistible in anywhere a rich man likes to do. It is just a simple way of enjoying a comfortable life as one of the fruits being popular and rich….of course a member of the club of the rich and famous. Just a simple favor for Mr. Manny Pacquiao: Please dont make politics as your part time job. Please give way to the ones who are qualified to do it.