Apr 16, 2015

    Pacquiao's a reckless fighter, says Mayweather


    FLOYD Mayweather said it will be two "hall-of-famers" in their prime when he and Manny Pacquiao clash in the richest fight in boxing history on May 2 at the MGM Hotel.

    In the only Las Vegas news conference he is giving ahead of fight week, Mayweather said on Tuesday that he is not worried over spoiling his perfect 47-0 record.

    "He's a future hall-of-famer. I am a future hall-of-famer and we are meeting at the pinnacle of our careers," the boxer said.

    "From the matchup, it is going to be a very exciting fight.

    "Our styles are totally different. I fight with smarts. Every move is calculated. Every move is thought about."

    The welterweight unification fight, which has been the subject of on-off negotiations for six years, will not only be the richest fight, but will also go a long way towards determining who is the greatest fighter of the era.

    The fight is expected to shatter records for total revenue, with Mayweather earning about US$120 million (S$163 million) while Pacquiao could receive about US$80 million.

    Mayweather allowed reporters to watch him work out on Tuesday, and his gym featured a carnival-like atmosphere that will continue until May 2.

    The boxer's longevity in the sport has been attributed to his superb defensive skills.

    The fight is expected to be decided by Mayweather's brilliant counter-punching skills or Pacquiao's blazing speed and power.

    But Mayweather said he sees some flaws in the boxing style of Pacquiao.

    The boxer described the 36-year-old Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) as a "reckless fighter" who takes too many chances, referring to Juan Manuel Marquez's knockout of Pacman in December 2012.

    "He fought very, very recklessly in the Marquez fight," the 38-year-old added.

    "I could have had the same type of career, but my career wouldn't have lasted this long."

    Mayweather is in the fifth fight of a six-fight contract with Showtime, and he said this year will be his last on the job.

    "My last fight is in September," he said.