Current world boxing champions Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and Randy Petalcorin firmly believe that fellow world champion Manny Pacquiao would win against undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, USA.
Nietes, 32, who defeated Mexican Gilberto Parra on March 28 via ninth round technical knockout to keep his World Boxing Organization light flyweight champion, said Pacquiao’s speed and power-packed punches would key to his knockout win.
“Manny (Pacquiao) will win by knockout. I don’t know what round but he needs to knockout Floyd to assure a convincing win,” Nietes, who holds a 35-1-4 win-loss-draw record with 21 knockouts, told The Manila Times on Saturday.
“If the fight goes the distance, it will be tough for Manny to win by unanimous decision but I’m not counting out the possibility,” he added. “Manny has a killer hand speed and power. I predict that Mayweather won’t engage that’s why Manny should chase him.”
The Bacolod native also said that Pacquiao should pressure Mayweather every round with crisp combinations.
Petalcorin, 23, who has 23-1-1 record with 18 knockouts, predicted that the 36-year-old Pacquiao would win by close decision, but he needs to be careful of Mayweather’s dirty tactics inside the ring. The boxer from General Santos also emphasized that Pacquiao should move in different angle to win.
“Pacquiao should do a lot of angle movements to confuse Floyd and throw him out of his game,” said the defending interim World Boxing Association (WBA) light flyweight champion Petalcorin in a separate interview.
“Pacquiao’s speed is absolutely a huge advantage against Floyd. Accurate landing of punches are also needed.”
Nietes and Petalcorin are the other remaining three Filipino world champions beside Pacquiao (57-5-2 record with 38 knockouts).