Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Trainer boasts Floyd would thrash Pacquiao

source: Jun Medina | The Manila Times

The trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr. said that Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao won’t go beyond the fifth round if the super fight between the two best fighters in the world pushes through as expected on May 5.

“[Pacquiao] is going to get his ass whopped, and the fight won’t last more than four or five rounds at most,” said Roger Mayweather, uncle-trainer of Floyd Jr. said in an interview with On the Ropes Boxing Radio.

The thrash-talking trainer categorically said that his nephew Floyd Jr. wants to fight Pacquiao because that would be the richest fight in boxing history.

“People want to see one thing. They want to see Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. That’s what the world was waiting for,” Mayweather told Geoffrey Ciani and Jenna J. in the interview, a transcript of which was posted in their boxing talk show’s website.

“That is the biggest fight in the history of boxing to this do. So boom! If he takes that [Olympic-style anti-doping] test, the fight is going to happen. The only reason the fight ain’t going to happen is because he don’t want to take that test,” the trainer said.

According to Mayweather, Floyd Jr. will likely have a tune-up fight, possibly Marcos Maidana before the projected Pacquiao-Mayweather mega fight to be held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

“Do I think Pacquiao will be his next fight? I think my nephew will probably have one more tune-up fight first . . . I don’t know if it’s Maidana,” Mayweather said.

“The only reason the fight won’t happen with Pacquiao is . . . if he refuses to take a test to get damn near $100 million. Then tells you how big a fool he is.”

According to Mayweather, his undefeated nephew (42-0, 26 by knockouts) could be back in the ring “in February or May.

“Either way [Floyd] will be much sharper. The more often he fights he’ll be much sharper, but that’s not to get sharp. Pacquiao’s going to get his ass whopped anyway,” said the trainer.

Roger Mayweather said the just-concluded Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight was “very close” and that he thought Marquez “could have won.”

He suggested that Pacquiao-Mayweather is going to be a “mismatch.”

“Everybody ain’t going to boo Floyd,” he said, obviously referring to Pacquiao being booed by Marquez fans after the judges’ verdict was announced with PacMan winning by majority decision.

“Let’s see what [Pacquiao] can do. A guy 147 pounds, Floyd could make 145. It don’t make no difference. Let’s see what he can do.”