Floyd Mayweather has described Manny Pacquiao as reckless and is looking to exploit his mistakes ahead of their super-fight on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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The 38-year-old was respectful to his rival as he insisted that he had enjoyed a successful career, but he remains confident that he will be able to stop him from doing what he does well and laying bare his mistakes.
Mayweather has a reputation for being a negative and defensive-minded fighter, but given that he is widely acknowledged as the best counter-puncher in boxing, it is clearly a strategy that works for him.
It appears as though he won’t be afraid to stick to the script on May 2, and it may well be the best way to ensure that he avoids being the target of Pacquiao’s quick hands and awkward combinations.
“A lot of guys do a lot of things wrong, but they are still successful,” Mayweather said, mlive.com reports.
“So I want to know what he [Pacquiao] does right, so I can take that away from him, so I can take that arsenal away from him.
“What I do, when I’m facing a guy, whatever he does good, I take that away from him, so he has to resort to doing something different.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Mayweather can successfully negate the threat posed by Pacquiao, with the Filipino set to be his most difficult task to date.
While questions have been asked of the WBO champion’s declining speed and vulnerability against counter-punchers, he will still pose a real risk to Mayweather’s 47-0 unbeaten record.
Nevertheless, both men will be eager to get in the ring for what will be the biggest fight in boxing history which will generate over $400m in revenue.