While he is getting ready himself for another big fight, Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao took time out to “air his side’’ on the coming Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor slugfest.
For Pacquiao, that fight will turn out to be “boring’’ and has no interest in it.
That was how he slammed the clash pitting his former foe Mayweather against the mixed martial arts star on August 26 in Las Vegas.
Though it may be said in jest, Pacquiao added the money-spinning fight does not deserve the hype it is attracting.
For the 38-year-old fighter dubbed “Pacman’’, the real battle ahead is the Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez bout on September 26.
“ ‘The real fight and the best fight is (Gennady) Golovkin versus Canelo (Alvarez),’’ Pacquiao, who is also an incumbent Senator in the Philippines.
Pressed why he said the Mayweather-McGregor is not worth watching, Pacquiao stressed that the Irish mixed martial artist has no chance against the wily American pug because boxing rules will be implemented.
Pacquiao said there is no way McGregor can land a meaningful punch on Mayweather, a defensive strategist who has beaten the Filipino before.
Though Pacquiao’s tirade is somewhat mild, former 10-time boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya was harsher in calling it a “circus’’ fight and it would put a “black eye’’ in boxing.
The 40-year-old Mayweather retired in 2015, while the 28-year-old McGregor is currently the brightest star in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) world after becoming the first fighter to simultaneously wear two belts last November.
Mayweather (49-0 in boxing) beat Pacquiao via unanimous decision last May 2015 in an encounter billed “The Fight of the Century’’ that resulted in a record 4.6 million pay-per-view buys.
But before anything else, Pacquiao will be in business-mode on Sunday (July 2) when he trades punches with a younger opponent, Jeff “The Hornet’’ Horn, in Brisbane, Australia.
Pacman, 38, is facing the 29-year-old Horn for the first time, in about to test whether he still packs a mean wallop at his age.
As he gets into the final stages of his training, he was put through his paces by coach Freddie Roach, and confident he can overcome the undefeated Horn when they lock horns at the Suncorp Stadium.
He even shared jokes with those in the gym, as he showed he is still agile.
At stake is Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title.
Can the Pacman devour the Hornet? Or will the younger Aussie brawler lord it over the ageing Filipino icon?