Mayweather says he sees fear in Pacquiao
MANILA, Philippines – After receiving a surprising swipe from Manny Pacquiao on national television and social media hours before the super-fight’s press conference in Los Angeles, Floyd Mayweather Jr. responded with his own verbal jab.
One of Pacquiao’s revelations is that he is more worried when he faced Oscar De La Hoya in December 2008 and Miguel Cotto in November 2009 than coming into his heavily-hyped showdown with Mayweather on May 2 (May 3 in PH).
The 36-year-old Filipino forced De La Hoya to hang up his gloves for good after an eight-round stoppage, while he routed Cotto via twelfth-round technical knockout.
On the other hand, Mayweather scored a split decision win over De La Hoya in May 2007, while he managed to get his hand raised in victory against Cotto in a May 2012 competitive contest.
Mayweather disputed his opponent’s claim and pointed out that Pacquiao is more bothered than him as he observed when they met face-to-face during their lone promotional event on Thursday, March 12 (PH Time).
“I see it in his eyes. I can read his body language. He's very worried,” he said in an interview with TV Azteca.
The unbeaten American pugilist also asserted that Pacquiao is fighting a natural welterweight this time around unlike when he crossed paths with De La Hoya and Cotto.
De La Hoya had to drop to welterweight to square off with Pacquiao, while Cotto fought the renowned Pinoy southpaw at a catchweight of 145 pounds.
“I didn't fight De La Hoya at a catchweight. I didn't fight Cotto at a catchweight. He knows, as a champion, that if a guy loses so much weight, he will be totally drained. He is fighting a guy who is a solid welterweight,” Mayweather stressed.
Meanwhile, Mayweather battled De La Hoya and Cotto at light middleweight, which has a weight limit of 154 pounds.
“When I fought Oscar De La Hoya, he outweighed me by twenty pounds. When I fought Miguel Cotto, he outweighed me by twenty pounds,” he shared.
The 38-year-old native of Grand Rapids, Michigan disclosed that Pacquiao would have a difficult time handling his style in the ring.
Mayweather is known for dictating the match’s tempo with his distinctive and effective brand of defensive guile all throughout his career, utilizing his shoulder roll, high-guard and elbow block to get rid of the shots from his foes.
In addition, he is recognized as a minimal-but-accurate hitter, clobbering his counterparts with a drop jab, leaning right hand and inside slap hook.
“He's never faced this style before. He makes a lot of mistakes and I will capitalize on those mistakes,” Mayweather warned. - Rappler.com