Pacquiao hopes to fight Floyd before retirement

Posted at 05/31/12 6:55 PM

Analyst doubtful of Pac-Floyd bout

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao said he will have a “couple more” fights after his title defense against Timothy Bradley this June 9.

The Filipino champion said he will likely reserve one of those bouts for his closest rival, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“I want that fight to happen before I retire,” Pacquiao said in Fight Hype. “Because that's what people want to see.”

Fight fans have been longing to see a ring battle between Pacquiao and Mayweather, both of whom are being considered as today’s top boxers in the world.

Boxing pundits believe the super-fight could earn as much as $300 million in revenue, a record never been achieved in the history of prize fighting.

But fight analyst and long time boxing commentator Ronnie Nathanielsz doubts that the elusive fight would come into fruition.

“Frankly, I don't think so,” he told ABS-CBNnews.com.

Nathanieslz said Mayweather has zero interest in fighting the hard-hitting lefty from General Santos City.

“Takot s'ya because he doesn't want to lose his undefeated record. Pangalawa, Manny's a southpaw and he has never fought anybody who hits as hard as Manny Pacquiao and who is as good as Manny Pacquiao,” the analyst said.

Nathanielsz said the unbeaten American boxer actually looked vulnerable in the Miguel Cotto fight.

He said Mayweather, who is known for his elusiveness in the ring, hardly moved against Cotto.

“Mayweather couldn't knock out Cotto. Pacquiao dropped him (Cotto) twice and then won by TKO in the 12th round. So if you put them side by side, head-to-head, lamang si Pacquiao,” explained Nathanielsz.

“So Mayweather wouldn't fight.”

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