Pacman has 45% chance
IGNACIO “Nacho” Beristain, Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez’s Hall of Fame trainer, said eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao may not be favored to beat undefeated pound-for-pound No. 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr., but the Filipino southpaw “has many things going for him.”
Beristain, whose masterful tactics in the corner of Marquez enabled the Mexican boxer give Pacquiao a hard time in three fights before scoring a crushing sixth-round knockout in their fourth fight, said Pacquiao’s “speed and being a smart fighter, although people think otherwise” enhance his chances.
“Pacquiao knows when to shoot his combinations,” he said.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, Beristain added: “I’ve always liked Pacquiao’s style better, because he has a commercial style and people will gladly pay to see him fight, while the other (Mayweather) as we know has a defensive style but also has many resources.”
Beristain said he thinks Pacquiao has a 45-percent chance to win.
“Mayweather is the favorite, but only by a little bit. On paper, it is Mayweather, because of the knockout Pacquiao suffered at the hands of Marquez,” Beristain said.
Meanwhile, the World Boxing Council, headed by its president Mauricio Sulaiman, is pulling out all the stops to help ensure that the May 2 multi-million dollar showdown between Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. will be the greatest fight in boxing history.
WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman has announced that a very special exquisite belt will be created for the winner to hold aloft, following the historic megafight.
Sulaiman said: “For this special recognition, I would like to have emeralds or platinum, but everything will be defined during the next weeks. This is because of the magnitude of the event, which will be broadcast via TV networks globally.”
Mauricio highlighted that this bout is one of the most important throughout the entire boxing history, with a groundswell of anticipation in every part of the world. And both fighters must defend that prestige inside the ring, as there will be a great deal at stake during the bout.
He said on the WBC website: “It came in a good moment and it will be an emotive event. Both are obviously putting their legacy at stake, to prove who’s the best, satisfying an enormous created expectance. They are also competing to be considered one of the best 10 fighters in the entire boxing history.”
Sulaiman added: “With tickets being as sought after as gold dust. It is a big shame that tickets are staying with wealthy people. However, boxing fans will have the opportunity to watch the fight via TV. Economic interests are involved with resulting high prices.”