TOP Rank promoter Bob Arum sincerely believes that eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will win by a knockout or a convincing 12-round decision over undefeated pound-for-pound No.1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. when they face off in the “Fight of the Century” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 2.
In an interview with the New Standard and Viva Sports boxingmirror.com, Arum said he thinks the Mayweather fight will be a replay of the Oscar De bLa Hoya fight, in which Pacquiao mauled the Golden Boy and forced him to quit while seated on his stool at the end of the seventh round.
“If Pacquiao doesn’t knock out Mayweather, he will win by a convincing 12-round decision. In other words, not even a doubt who wins the fight,” said Arum.
He said that like the De La Hoya fight, Pacquiao will have to use the same strategy of going at Mayweather from different angles with flurries of punches and move in and out.
However, Arum commended Mayweather, pointing out that “he’s always in shape and hasn’t had a drink (liquor) in his life.”
He said that contrary to rumors that the people of Al Haymon, Mayweather’s manager, was offering Pacquiao’s sparring partners more money to stay away from the Wild Card Gym, they have no problems with sparring partners.
“Freddie Roach, with the help of Bruce Trampler (Top Rank’s Hall of Fame matchmaker), has lined up sparring partners that have the same style as Mayweather,” said Arum.
In the latest development in the on-going war over sparring partners, Roach has revealed that he had enticed a so-called “secret sparring partner” from Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas to help Pacquiao prepare for the multi-million dollar fight, although he didn’t reveal the identity of the sparring partner.