Wednesday, November 30, 2022  |


Team Mayweather seeks knockout of Manny Pacquiao



Photo by Naoki Fukuda

Photo by Naoki Fukuda

Conventional wisdom and history suggests that for a fight of this magnitude, one would anticipate that Floyd Mayweather Jr. would be the one throwing verbal jabs at Team Pacquiao as the fight draws near. But that has been the exact opposite as Mayweather has rarely said much, if anything ever since the fight was announced for May 2.

With just over two weeks left to go before the long awaited showdown between two all-time greats, Mayweather had his opportunity to say something that would indicate that he planned to prove once and for all that he is the best fighter on the planet and silence the naysayers.

However, at Mayweather’s media workout, the unbeaten fighter continued to take the high road despite a number of salvos being launched by Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach. Aside from calling Pacquiao’s fighting style “reckless,” Mayweather did little more than pay respect to the future hall of famer. Of course, that doesn’t mean that he is unsure of himself. He’d rather just remain tightlipped about the megafight.

But that doesn’t mean the rest of Team Mayweather wouldn’t have their say.

“Floyd Mayweather is going to try to take Manny Pacquiao’s head off and you can count on that happening,” Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told when asked about Mayweather’s relatively tame approach to this fight. “He’s looking to finish him off and I strongly believe that will happen.”

Ellerbe simply suggested that Mayweather was focused and wouldn’t waste his time mincing words with Roach or anyone else from Pacquiao’s camp. But when it comes to countering any verbal jabs that are coming toward his team, Floyd Mayweather Sr. is never one to shy away from a sparring session.

“My son is one of the greats and Manny is just an opponent,” Mayweather Sr. said. “This sonofabitch hasn’t knocked anybody out in five damn years. What the hell is that? You’ve been knocking out all of these big guys and now what? You know what the problem is.”

Mayweather Sr. is, of course, suggesting once again that Pacquiao’s remarkable tear through weight classes came with a little “assistance,” if you will. Nevertheless, he feels that his son has all the tools to give the Filipino fits on fight night.

“The straight right hand is what you use for a southpaw,” he said when asked what weapon of his son’s would be the difference maker on May 2. “But there are a lot more things that will be done in this fight. Manny got himself into something that he can’t get himself out of it.”

Ellerbe agrees with the elder Mayweather’s sentiments and believes that, aside from facing the best pound for pound fighter in the sport of boxing, Pacquiao is facing an atmosphere that will likely eat him alive when he realizes what he’s up against.

“Manny will tell you guys one thing but when the bell rings he’s going to be a little shell shocked,” Ellerbe said of Pacquiao being able to embrace the moment and not let emotions take over. “He thinks he’s going to be able to come out and do his thing like he wants to but he’s in for a rude awakening on May 2.”

And what exactly does that mean? Floyd Mayweather Sr. will gladly spell it out for you.

“We’re getting ready to stretch him,” he said with a wide grin on his face. “All the time to talk is over.”