By Rocelle Tangi
PUTTING his unblemished boxing record on the line, Floyd Mayweather Jr. revealed that he has finally agreed on the challenge posed by first eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao because of his advantages against the smaller fighter.
“When you just look at the tale of the tape, I have a longer reach, I’m taller, I’m stronger, and I’m more accurate,” Mayweather told FightHype.com after announcing that his fight with the Filipino champion will be happening on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Dubbed as the pound-for-pound king, the American champ has been known for his defensive boxing style while opponent Pacquiao has been remarked for his impressive all-action offense and the ability to punch from all angles.
Mayweather believes that his height advantage will be a factor in his victory over the Philippines’ beloved athlete.
“I think with me, [height] plays a key because I use a little bit of everything. I use my reach, I use my height, I use my movement,” he noted.
“I use different techniques, whereas he is not as versatile as Floyd Mayweather,” the American champ said.
Acknowledging Pacquiao’s strength and zest as a boxer, Mayweather, however, insisted, “This is a different league.”
“I mean, this is a guy that can box going forward, this is a guy that can box going backwards, a guy that can counterpunch,” Mayweather said, bragging his skills that may punch Pacquiao’s career.
“I can tie you up, I can slug if I have to, but my thing is always working smarter, not harder,” he added.
The undefeated American boxer sees Pacquiao as a changed fighter ever since his strength and conditioning trainer Alex Ariza went to work with Mayweather.
“Once Alex Ariza left, he’s a totally different fighter,” he said.
Despite his advantages, Mayweather said he believes that he should not underestimate Pacquiao.
“He may not be the same fighter, but this is a guy that I cannot overlook. He got here somehow and some way,” Mayweather said. “You never take nothing for granted, because anything can happen.”