FORMER world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson believes that undefeated pound-for-pound No. 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. is going to be hit and hurt when he battles eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Boxing Scene quoted an interview Tyson gave reporters at the Champs’ premier in which he said Mayweather “has never been really tested. Whatever happens in this fight, I really think Floyd is going to be hit and hurt more than he has been ever before. We are going to see how tough he is.”
In what appeared to be a game-plan for the fight, Tyson said: “You need to put pressure on Floyd. Be in front of him all the time, but moving side to side and punching from angles.”
The youngest heavyweight champion of all time predicted “Manny is going to feint Floyd out of position a lot and make him throw more punches than he is used to and that will open Floyd up.”
Meantime, Pacquiao said he complied with the requirements of the Nevada State Athletic Commission for an eye checkup and blood testing, which were done last Wednesday, while he revealed that they once again took his blood and urine samples as required under the random, drug-testing protocol he and Mayweather agreed to.
“I can pass all these tests,” Pacquiao told philboxing.com, adding he hadn’t taken any substances that would hurt his body.
GMA 7 News reported on Sunday that Pacquiao gave urine and blood samples to a medical technician, who arrived unannounced at the Pan Pacific Park, where Manny has been training every morning.
Pacquiao said he had no problem with the extra drug test after he and Mayweather agreed to take part in a US Anti Doping Agency Olympic-style testing program.
USADA CEO Travis Tygart commended the two fighters “for their stand for clean sport and the message it sends to all those who want to compete clean at the highest level of all sport.”
The samples collected by USADA will be sent to a WADA-accredited laboratory for analysis, which will include testing for human growth hormones and erythropoietin.
The USADA is working closely with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and have agreed to share all information about the program, including the results of the tests.