The whole boxing world, past or present is contributing its two cents on the possible outcome of the highly anticipated Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Arena on May 2. Add former American boxing legend Evander Holyfield to the list of aficionados intrigued by the prospects of the super bout.
The former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion admitted that he would be willing to shell out precious dollars from his own pocket to witness the upcoming match. While, he has been tight-lipped on who he is going to come away with the bragging rights after the 12-round slugfest, he offered a hint of advice on how the Filipino boxer could put the dent to “Money” Mayweather’s immaculate record.
"It's a toss-up, because their styles are just that different,” Holyfield told Newsday. "Pacquiao, the only way he can win is if he corners him off. If he corners him off, I think he will win. I don't think he can. But that's what makes the fight so interesting."
An experienced fighter himself, “The Real Deal” Holyfield has plenty of experience of going up against volume and power punchers. In fact, the 52-year-old retired American boxer vanquished Mike Tyson twice in his career. The seasoned veteran also made his experience work for him when he roped Tyson into the now infamous biting match in June 1997. While Tyson claimed that his bites were in retaliation to Holyfied’s headbutts, the Alabama-native clearly showed how to get into the opponent’s psyche.
Holyfield also expanded on how Pacquiao should attack Mayweather by generally saying that the “Pacman” has to take chances in order to beat Mayweather. While he praised the American boxing king for milking the most of the public’s clamour for a Pacquiao match, he was critical on the way Mayweather positioned himself so as not to face the best fighters during his prime.
Pacquiao and Mayweather are currently occupied with the first week of their training with just under two months before the boxing match that is expected to shatter pay-per-view and gate receipt records. Both fighters are expected to be present during the lone press conference for the fight which will be held on Mar. 11 at a still undisclosed venue.
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