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Mayweather: I have nothing to prove vs Pacquiao

Naveen Ganglani

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Mayweather: I have nothing to prove vs Pacquiao
'I know my skills and I know what I can do. I know what I bring to the sport of boxing,' Mayweather says

MANILA, Philippines – As usual, Floyd Mayweather Jr isn’t lacking confidence ahead of his upcoming fight – even if his next opponent may turn out to be the biggest challenge he’ll ever have to overcome. 

While speaking to reporters prior to the press conference of his May 2 fight with Manny Pacquiao on Thursday, March 12 (PH time) at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, Mayweather, once again, articulated the confidence he has in his abilities. 

Said the 38-year-old champion, “We’ve faced all the top guys. I believe in my skills, I believe in myself, and I believe I’m going to be victorious.”

“I have nothing to prove, I know my skills and I know what I can do. I know what I bring to the sport of boxing.”

(WATCH: Pacquiao says Mayweather is afraid of losing)

Mayweather, undefeated in 47 fights, also said that he isn’t concerned about facing a southpaw slugger like Pacman. “Last I checked, I faced eight southpaws and I’m 8-0 against southpaws.”  

He also revealed that he has 10 sparring partners in preparation for the fight at the MGM Grand Arena, with veteran boxers DeMarcus Corley and Zab Judah being the two named publicly so far. 

He did, however, compliment the talents of the eight-division Filipino champion, who’s also getting up there at age 36. “Manny is a very interesting fighter,” said Mayweather. “To get where he’s gotten to, it’s obvious he’s had to do something right.”

But there is something Pacquiao has suffered that Mayweather has yet to do so in his professional career: losing a bout. And that experience, according to him, can linger in the psyche of a fighter. 

“If a fighter has lost before, losing is always in the back of his mind.”

And Mayweather is confident that come May 2, Pacquiao will feel what it’s like to lose again – this time at his hands. “I can figure a guy out instantly,” said Mayweather, who noted that his meeting with Pacman during a Miami Heat-Milwaukee Bucks NBA game really catapulted the fight into fruition. 

“Mayweather is a winner.”

He later added: “I’m not a psychic but you better believe you’ll see the best of Floyd Mayweather on May 2.”

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