On May 2, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will square off in boxing’s biggest match in years.
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach described to Sports Illustrated writer Greg Bishop how Pacquiao can pull off the upset.
Roach says Mayweather, one of boxing’s best defensive fighters ever, allows himself to be backed into the ropes so he can unleash a counterattack. According to Roach, this will not work on Pacquiao.
“If you jab him, and he steps back, you have a huge advantage to score. But you have to score, and you have to get out really quickly. Mayweather will throw back. But he won’t counter until you stop. Some fighters will just keep throwing at him. My fighter shouldn’t. In and out. Clean combinations.”
To Pacquiao, though, there is a bigger victory at stake then handing Mayweather his first loss as a professional.
“I want to have a one-on-one conversation with him after the fight,” Pacquiao told journalists Thursday afternoon after a training session at Wild Card gym. “I want to share my faith with him.’’
“Only God can judge his heart. We cannot judge him; we cannot condemn him,” said Pacquiao.
Pacquiao bumped into Mayweather at a Miami Heat basketball game in January where they exchanged telephone numbers. They met again the next day and discussed the fight, paving the way for negotiations that culminated in an agreement to fight in Las Vegas on May 2.
“When I talked to him, I saw his character. He has heart. If he changes his ways and follows God, he will inspire many people and the Lord will be happy,’’ Pacquiao said. “We can share the gospel to the people who don’t know Jesus.”
Hopefully, the fight on May 2nd will be remembered as the second biggest event shared by Pacquiao and Mayweather.