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Mayweather rooting for Spence in title bout vs Pacquiao

Delfin Dioquino

MONEY OVER PACMAN. Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat Manny Pacquiao in their 2015 megabuck tussle.

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Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather says he will give Errol Spence a few tips on how to beat Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight title fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr has made it known: He is rooting for Errol Spence to beat his former rival Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight title bout.

The American champion will try to defend his World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation belts when he tangles with the Filipino icon in Las Vegas in August.

“I’m behind Errol Spence, hundred percent. I’m behind my people first always. Of course, I want to see Errol Spence win,” Mayweather said.

Mayweather even said he will give Spence a few tips on how to beat Pacquiao, who is riding on a three-fight winning streak.

Pacquiao lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight belt to Mayweather six years ago when he suffered a unanimous decision defeat in their megabuck tussle.

“I’m going to call him to give him some pointers,” Mayweather said.

But his choice of winner may just be a case of Mayweather simply supporting his compatriot.

“I’m going to stand behind my people first. The Philippines, they’re going to stand behind Pacquiao. I’m an American, I’m going to stand behind my people first,” Mayweather said.

Although already retired from professional boxing, Mayweather has kept himself around the sport by competing in exhibition bouts.

Mayweather will go up against YouTube star Logan Paul in an exhibition fight, which he said will net him $50 million. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.