Everyone has a prediction for the mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. set for May 2, but the forecast from a former training partner of the Filipino challenger may carry a bit more weight.
Amir Khan – a fairly accomplished boxer in his own right boasting a 30-3 professional record and a silver medal from the 2004 Olympic Games – used to train with Pacquiao at Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, but said Mayweather will have his hand raised after the highly-anticipated bout in Las Vegas.
“I think Mayweather will take the fight,” Khan said via Sky Sports.
“He will be much smarter and he’ll pick his shots a little bit better. He’ll make it a little boring at times because Manny, as we know, is a come-forward fighter who likes to do a lot of punches.
“But Mayweather will try to avoid all those punches and just maybe throw that one shot that will count and then move away again. But time will tell.”
Despite going against his former training partner, Khan said Pacquiao should stick with his reputation as a heavy hitter and hope he gets in that one punch that can end the fight, something that has not been done against the undefeated Mayweather.
“If Manny wants to really give Mayweather a run for his money, it’s all about putting that pressure on him, having that in-and-out movement and hopefully looking for that one big shot,” the 28-year-old said.
“Everyone knows that Manny can punch, and Mayweather, can he take that big shot? We have never seen Mayweather hit with a good shot so with Manny’s speed he needs to get in there, get Mayweather a little bit riled, get rough with him in there, push him around a little bit and throw them big powerful shots.”