Floyd Mayweather Sr. takes a side in Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao debate


Floyd Mayweather Jr. is thinking about Marcos Maidana, not Manny Pacquiao. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

Don’t count Floyd Mayweather Sr. among the legions of boxing fans who’ve longed to see his son fight Manny Pacquiao.

He says it wouldn’t be much of a fight.

“Manny and Floyd? That would be the easiest fight Floyd could make,” Mayweather Sr. said in Las Vegas, where his son will fight Marcos Maidana on May 3 (via the Los Angeles Times’ Sam Farmer). “This [Maidana] fight right here would be harder than Manny, believe me. Floyd would have whooped [Pacquiao] anyway, but he’d kill him now because Pacquiao just got clipped by [Juan Manuel] Marquez.

“Marquez knocked the [stuffing] out of Pacquiao. So you think Manny could come back and whip Floyd after that? Come on. Little Floyd beat the hell out of Marquez. Don’t you worry about Manny. Pacquiao ain’t nobody, ain’t never been nobody when it comes to fighting Floyd. [Promoter] Bob Arum can talk all he wants.”

And Arum has done just that since Pacquiao recently beat Timothy Bradley, hinting that fans should boycott the Mayweather-Maidana fight at the MGM Grand and on Showtime pay-per-view. Mayweather Jr. told reporters that he’d watched Pacquiao-Bradley II and saw something different in the Filipino boxer.

“I don’t see the same pop in Pacquiao’s shots — me, myself, I don’t see the same snap in his shots,” Mayweather told reporters (via Mlive.com’s David Mayo). “He’s getting tired and he wasn’t getting tired before. So, I mean, I’m seeing something totally different. Whereas me, I’m still sharp, I’m still smart, I’m not getting fatigued, I wasn’t getting fatigued from the beginning.

“Those are the things that I see.  I don’t know if you guys see it but that’s what I see.”

He isn’t ready to fight Pacquiao, but not for the reasons his father cited.

“I’m seeing something totally different in Pacquiao,” Mayweather said. “But still that don’t make me say, ‘Oh, I’m going to go out there and fight him,’ because he’s still with Bob Arum and I’m with Mayweather Promotions.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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