Countdown to showdown: Pacquiao ‘king of the world’ with victory
In just under a week, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will finally come head-to-head in the ring at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand on May 2, ending over a five-year wait and many months of constant build-up.
The unwavering dominant defence of undefeated 10-time world champion Mayweather will be given its toughest test to date against ferociously rapid attacking power and precision of Filpino ‘Pacman’ in the Fight of the Century.
Tickets for this welterweight showdown between two of the sport’s all-time greats incredibly sold out in less than a minute and, with 20 world titles between both fighters, their worldwide audience will not be disappointed.
Highly-experienced boxing coach Freddie Roach has been busy training ‘Pacman’ (11/2 with Coral to win by KO or TKO) for this globally-anticipated bout and, in typically confident fashion, believes his man will do his job on the night and go down in history.
“Manny wins this and he will be king of the world,” said Roach. “And he will deserve the roar of the people. What Manny will do in Las Vegas on May 2nd is prove himself the greatest fighter of his generation.”
Roach has been vigorously fine tuning Pacquiao’s game plan in order to topple his unbeaten opponent, with the trainer having focused heavily on capitalising on Mayweather’s devotion to rolling up his left shoulder to constantly protect that side of his jaw.
‘The Filipino Slugger’ is a southpaw, a breed of fighter that carry their most deadly punches from their left fist, and Roach has been putting many hours into making sure Pacquiao utilises this on May 2, rather than his right hand which famously shook Ricky Hatton.
“That’s where Floyd is most vulnerable. We’re at the point where Manny could beat him with his right arm tied behind his back,” Roach continued.
“Floyd likes to flow around the outside of the ring. He prefers the ropes to the middle so he can wait, set traps, suck you in and pick you off with his counters.
“Especially that very good, very straight right. The old Manny might have walked into that. Not now. He will close him down, catch him with two or three hard punches but then move. Floyd will throw back alright but Manny won’t be there.”
Pacquiao’s long serving trainer recently revealed that the eight-division world champion has prepared for this upcoming bout like no other in his 64-fight career.
“The first time anyone can remember Manny ever watching a boxing tape was when I showed him one of Floyd’s fights. Showed him how the game plan can work,” stated Roach.
“He liked it. He said ‘I can do that, no problem.’ He saw how Floyd throws a lot less punches, maybe 35 a round against up to a hundred of his own. But that also persuades him he can afford to be patient if necessary.
“So while he won’t go mad for the knock-out, it could come from Manny’s left. If not I won’t be surprised if he wins every round. Pitches a shut out.
“Either way, Floyd doesn’t have the power to hurt him.”
Mayweather will be fighting in his hometown and is a 6/1 chance to secure his 48th consecutive professional victory by KO or TKO on home soil.