Floyd turns aggressive
UNDEFEATED World Boxing Council welterweight champion and undisputed pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. is reportedly pursuing an aggressive game-plan for his $300-million showdown with eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 2.
Reports from Mayweather’s Gym in Las Vegas said he has been going after his sparring partners in an unusually aggressive fashion and hasn’t tried to bank on his boxing skills, which have largely contributed to his record of 47-0, with 26 knockouts.
Lyle Fitzsimmons of CBSSports.com reported that stories out of Mayweather’s training camp point to his going for a knockout on May 2.
CBS does have an inside edge in getting stories on Mayweather, who has a six-fight, $200-million deal with Showtime, which is owned by CBS, with two fights left, including the one against Pacquiao.
CBSSports.com quoted photographer Chris Robinson, who owns the popular HustleBoss.com website, as saying Mayweather has been “stepping on the aggressive gas in the early days of his training camp,” which opened last Monday and that this change of strategy has resulted in at least one sparring partner being knocked out, although the name of the sparring partner and other details were not available.
It also raised the question as to how come Mayweather started soaring in the first week of training, which is considered unusual.
Robinson, who posts images and stories from Mayweather’s headquarters, said: “Floyd is doing his thing. He dropped one of the guys with a body shot.”
Meantime, Pacquiao’s longtime adviser Michael Koncz told the New Standard/Viva Sports that trainer Freddie Roach, who just returned from Macau, where Zou Shiming failed in his bid to win the IBF flyweight title, losing to Thai champion Amnat Ruenrong, will meet with him and Pacquiao today to discuss when sparring would begin.
Koncz said he hadn’t met Pacquiao’s sparring partners yet, even as he indicated he didn’t know whether reports of Mayweather’s manager Al Haymon offering potential sparring partners bigger money not to go to the Wild Card Gym to spar with Manny, were true or not.
Meantime, members of Team Pacquiao, led by assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez, have been reviewing previous fights of Mayweather and have spotted some weaknesses.
“His defense is not totally flawless. I know I can hit him. All I need is patience, timing and blinding speed,” philboxing.com quoted Pacquiao as saying.
Pacquiao noted he has the punching power that destroyed Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, who were all much bigger than him and that while Mayweather is better in terms of defense, he said he believes “my punching power and speed would confuse him. Once he is hit, he would feel it. He has not yet tasted the punching power of someone like me.”
Recalling Mayweather’s fight against Marcos Maidana, Pacquiao told philboxing.com: “I noticed that his knees are no longer there. He could no longer run as fast and as quick as during his younger days. I know I can hit him.”