MANILA, Philippines – Leonard Ellerbe, the chief operating officer of Floyd Mayweather Jr’s boxing promotion, believes that Manny Pacquiao’s aggressiveness could turn against him when he faces the unbeaten American boxer on May 2 (May 3 in Manila).
Ellerbe stressed that Mayweather could gain leverage over Pacquiao’s busy pace and score a knockout.
“Manny is a very exciting fighter. He makes a lot of mistakes, and Floyd can exploit those to his advantage,” he said in an interview during Mayweather’s media workout at his Las Vegas boxing gym on Wednesday, April 15.
Pacquiao rose to stardom with his speed and power, two of his key traits that enabled him to capture 12 world titles in eight different weight classes.
On the other hand, Mayweather has been seen dictating the bout’s tempo all throughout his career with his distinctive brand of defensive guile and is likewise recognized as a minimal-but-accurate hitter.
“Floyd is a very smart fighter, and that’s why he’s last so long in the game. He’s a thinking fighter, not reckless, very dominant,” Ellerbe stated. “I believe he can win by knockout.”
The 38-year-old Mayweather last scored a knockout when he defeated Victor Ortiz in September 2011.
After an intentional head butt by Ortiz in the fourth round, Mayweather took advantage of his opponent not having his hands up by connecting a left hook and followed up with a flush right hand to the face.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao has not stopped an in-ring counterpart since he routed Miguel Cotto via twelfth-round technical knockout in November 2009.
The 36-year-old Filipino southpaw was seen gunning for a knockout five months ago, dropping previously unbeaten pugilist Chris Algieri six times before cruising to a lopsided decision victory. – Rappler.com
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