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EARLY BETTING ON FILIPINO CHAMP: MANNY BELIEVERS NARROW ODDS


Manny Pacquiao works out at his General Santos gym in a file photo. LAS VEGAS, MARCH 9, 2015 Manny Pacquiao has always believed he can do what 47 other fighters before him have failed to do – beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring. Turns out a lot of other people are believers, too. And they’re backing their opinions with real money. A flurry of early action on Pacquiao has already narrowed the odds for the big fight in this city’s legal sports books. By the time they get into the ring May 2, it’s conceivable that Mayweather might not be favored at all. “I’ve never seen Mayweather this low eight weeks out before the fight,” said Jimmy Vaccaro, who has booked money on every big fight for the past four decades in Las Vegas. “This is as close as we get to a legitimate pick `em fight since Mayweather fought (Oscar) De La Hoya.”  READ MORE..

ALSO: FROM BIG DOME TO STREETS OF MANILA, TO FORBES PARK, CNN CREW FOLLOWED PACQUIAO


Manny Pacquiao
MANILA, Philippines - From the Big Dome to the narrow streets of Manila to the tightly guarded Forbes Park, a CNN crew followed Manny Pacquiao around last week. Pacquiao, the only boxer in history to win world titles in eight different weight classes, will face Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 in Las Vegas. It’s the richest fight in history that even Pacquiao’s children had longed to see. “Three years ago (they said) ‘Daddy, I want you to fight Mayweather. I want you to fight Mayweather.’ I said, ‘Why? It’s not my fault. He doesn’t want to fight.’ And now finally now it finally happened. They really, really want to watch the fight,” said Pacquiao. READ MORE...

ALSO: No promise of KO from Pacquiao


Manny Pacquiao MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao is normally tight-lipped when asked to make a prediction. Not even when his trainer, Freddie Roach, said a few days ago that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will get knocked out on May 2 at the MGM Grand. Pacquiao would rather say he’d do his best and urge Mayweather to do the same. In a recent interview, the 36-year-old Pacquiao said he has his game plan laid out. “I will use my left and right,” he said. Even Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, has started to keep his cards close to his chest. “I’m not going to say Manny’s going to knock Floyd out,” Koncz told The STAR when asked to comment on Roach’s statement. The celebrated trainer told RingTV.com that Pacquiao has fresher legs than Mayweather. Then he went as far as predicting a knockout. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao to rain punches on Mayweather


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao stressed that Floyd Mayweather hasn’t face someone like him – a heavy volume-puncher. He vowed to make the undefeated American work in their megabuck showdown on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In a column by Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole, Pacquiao said he plans to unleash a lot of blows on Mayweather in hopes of handing the pound-for-pound king his first setback in 48 professional bouts. At the same time, Pacquiao is wary of Mayweather’s gifts that have helped the Las Vegas-based fighter stay unbeaten. "He [Mayweather] has very good speed and footwork, and he has punches, and that makes him look good," Pacquiao told Iole. "But it depends on the fighter he is going to fight. For me as a boxer, I know what the job is. I'm going to throw a lot of punches, a lot of hard punches. READ MORE...

ALSO By Joaquin Henson: Mayweather pressuring himself


Joaquin M. Henson  WBC/WBA “unified” welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is putting a lot of undue pressure on himself by setting a goal of retiring from professional boxing with an unblemished record. Right now, he’s at 47-0 with two more fights left in his $250 million Showtime contract. Two more wins will duplicate the late Rocky Marciano’s record when the world heavyweight champion retired in 1955. But even if Mayweather eclipses Marciano’s mark, there’s still another record to chase. Former IBF lightflyweight and WBC/WBA/WBO minimumweight champion Ricardo Lopez retired in 2001 with a 51-0-1 record, including 38 KOs, at the age of 35. That milestone is also within Mayweather’s reach. Calling himself “The Best Ever” or TBE isn’t helping to ease the pressure. Or maybe, Mayweather just relishes the challenge. No question, Mayweather is full of himself. He’s an egotist and megalomaniac. The way he lives his life is shameful, he expects to be treated like a king lording it over subjects who are blinded by his wealth. You wonder if Mayweather believes in God because he worships mammon. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mosley predicts Mayweather will win over ‘better fighter’ Pacquiao


SCREENGRAB FROM NEWS VIDEO OF MOSLEY  MANILA, Philippines—Another boxing icon, another two cents. Shane Mosley joined the list of retired boxers who gave their analysis and predictions on the mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. “I see that Mayweather wins the fight. I think it goes 12 rounds,” Mosley told Fox Sports Live in a recent interview. “I think Mayweather’s going to out-point Pacquiao by moving, evading punches, and being able to do combinations and stuff like that.” Pacquiao and Mayweather will finally settle their rivalry on May 3 (Manila time) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “It’s kind of hard to say, but right now I’ve been sticking with Mayweather,” Mosley said. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: ‘Mayweather has to fight’ vs ‘perpetually-in-motion’ Pacquiao, says Tyson


MIKE TYSON: MANILA, Philippines—As the fight of the century draws so much anticipation, boxing legends have taken their turn in throwing their two cents in. This time it’s Mike Tyson, the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history. Tyson said Mayweather’s defensive counter-punching style would give him trouble against the loose-cannon Pacquiao. “He has to fight. If he’s not going to score, he is going to lose the round,” Tyson said in his YouTube channel. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao spars in 2 weeks, says Fortune


MANILA, Philippines—The sparring sessions can wait for Manny Pacquiao. With chief trainer Freddie Roach still unavailable, focus will be on putting Pacquiao into shape for the tougher grind of his preparations for his welterweight Super Fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao started light training at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood last Monday (Tuesday in Manila) under the supervision of strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez. CONTINUE READING...


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Early betting on Filipino champ: Manny believers narrow odds


Manny Pacquiao works out at his General Santos gym in a file photo.

LAS VEGAS, MARCH 9, 2015 (PHILSTAR) Associated Press) Manny Pacquiao has always believed he can do what 47 other fighters before him have failed to do – beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring.

Turns out a lot of other people are believers, too. And they’re backing their opinions with real money.

A flurry of early action on Pacquiao has already narrowed the odds for the big fight in this city’s legal sports books. By the time they get into the ring May 2, it’s conceivable that Mayweather might not be favored at all.

“I’ve never seen Mayweather this low eight weeks out before the fight,” said Jimmy Vaccaro, who has booked money on every big fight for the past four decades in Las Vegas. “This is as close as we get to a legitimate pick `em fight since Mayweather fought (Oscar) De La Hoya.”

Mayweather opened as a 2 1/2-1 favorite in most sports books when the fight was announced, and at that price Pacquiao backers couldn’t wait to get their bets down. At Vaccaro’s South Point hotel sports book, there were 150 tickets written on Pacquiao in the days after the fight was announced to just 10 on the favored Mayweather.

Over the weekend, Vaccaro said his book took a couple of $10,000 bets on Pacquiao, which prompted him to move the betting line closer to try and draw more action on Mayweather.

“It’s a one-way attack on Pacquiao,” Vaccaro said. “We’re well into a six-figure loss right now if Pacquiao wins.”

That could change when the so-called “smarts” start weighing in on a fight that is still two months away. Both Pacquiao and Mayweather began training camps this week, giving bettors plenty of time to form their opinions as more news circulates about their training status.

Vaccaro actually saw an influx of Pacquiao money first in October when he put up a line on the fight before it was made, making Mayweather a minus-300 favorite and Pacquiao a plus-250 underdog.

That meant a bettor had to wager $300 to win $100 on Mayweather, while Pacquiao paid $250 for every $100 bet. Vaccaro had barely posted the line when he got a $3,000 bet on Pacquiao, and the trend has continued unabated.

“The smarts really aren’t jumping in yet, they’re going to wait to see how low it goes,” Vaccaro said. “They’re telling you that they think it will get much lower.”

The latest odds at the South Point still favored Mayweather, but now at minus-200. Pacquiao has gone to plus-170, meaning Mayweather is now less than a 2-1 favorite in man-to-man betting. At the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, Mayweather was minus-210, while Pacquiao was plus-180.

So far, at least, the betting pattern looks much like it did in 2007, when Mayweather began as a 2-1 pick over De La Hoya in the fight that catapulted him to pay-per-view stardom. While boxing insiders liked Mayweather in the fight, the betting public was infatuated with De La Hoya, and he would eventually go into the ring as a slight favorite.

No matter who ends up favored, the legal bookies figure to be winners. Already, Vaccaro said he has seen more betting on the fight than he ever has two months out, and some in the betting industry are predicting legal wagering of up to $50 million on the bout. The betting handle will be helped by a number of different proposition bets, and the fact tens of thousands of college basketball fans can bet while in town for the kickoff of the NCAA basketball tournament.

The fight will cap a huge day in sports that includes the Kentucky Derby and playoffs in the NBA and NHL, along with a full slate of baseball.

“Other than Super Bowl Sunday, the single day will be as big as we’ve written in years,” Vaccaro said. “Look for May 2 to be approaching the Super Bowl handle on Super Bowl Sunday, and that’s saying a lot.” ..


PHILSTAR

FROM BIG DOME TO STREETS OF MANILA, TO FORBES PARK, CNN CREW FOLLOWED PACQUIAO; Even Pacman kids want megafight – CNN By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 4, 2015 - 12:00am


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines - From the Big Dome to the narrow streets of Manila to the tightly guarded Forbes Park, a CNN crew followed Manny Pacquiao around last week.

Pacquiao, the only boxer in history to win world titles in eight different weight classes, will face Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 in Las Vegas.

It’s the richest fight in history that even Pacquiao’s children had longed to see.

“Three years ago (they said) ‘Daddy, I want you to fight Mayweather. I want you to fight Mayweather.’ I said, ‘Why? It’s not my fault. He doesn’t want to fight.’ And now finally now it finally happened. They really, really want to watch the fight,” said Pacquiao.

The Filipino boxing icon will earn at $80 million from the fight with Mayweather, boxing’s biggest star, guaranteed no less than $120 million.

The boxing world waited for five years for this fight to happen.

It’s world news.

No wonder CNN, the leading satellite news channel, was there when Pacquiao played and coached for Kia in a PBA game at the Araneta Coliseum.

The tight CNN crew was spotted at ringside, taking footages of Pacquiao as he threw shots into the air and shouted instructions from the bench.

CNN followed Pacquiao all the way to the dressing room and had a quick word with him during halftime.

That night, Pacquiao scored his first point in the PBA, and Kia beat multi-titled Talk N Text in a game it wasn’t supposed to win.

The head of the PBA’s media bureau, Willie Marcial, said it was the first time a CNN crew was present during a PBA game.

“It’s obvious that CNN was there for Pacquiao,” said Marcial.

The following day, the same crew was at the MP Tower in Sampaloc, Manila where Pacquiao trained for his forthcoming fight.

The same crew was granted access to Pacquiao’s $9 million mansion inside Forbes Park for an exclusive interview.

The first segment of the CNN interview done by Ivan Watson was shown the other day. The second package was to be aired last night.

In a print version of the CNN interview, Watson wrote how Pacquiao loves basketball as much as he loves boxing.

“I believe in my heart that my second sport is basketball,” said Pacquiao, the underdog against Mayweather.

Pacquiao also spoke about his poor days and his being a current congressman. He talked about his “amazing” relationship with his trainer Freddie Roach.

He did not say much about the Mayweather fight.

“I can say (this will be) one of the most important fights in my career,” he told CNN.

Pacquiao is now in Los Angeles, training for the fight. Mayweather is in Las Vegas, doing just the same.

On May 2, the fight takes place in Las Vegas.

CNN will “Go there.” ..


PHILSTAR

No promise of KO from Pacquiao By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 2, 2015 - 12:00am 11 553 googleplus1 0


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao is normally tight-lipped when asked to make a prediction.

Not even when his trainer, Freddie Roach, said a few days ago that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will get knocked out on May 2 at the MGM Grand.

Pacquiao would rather say he’d do his best and urge Mayweather to do the same.

In a recent interview, the 36-year-old Pacquiao said he has his game plan laid out.

“I will use my left and right,” he said.

Even Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, has started to keep his cards close to his chest.

“I’m not going to say Manny’s going to knock Floyd out,” Koncz told The STAR when asked to comment on Roach’s statement.

The celebrated trainer told RingTV.com that Pacquiao has fresher legs than Mayweather. Then he went as far as predicting a knockout.

“I think Manny beats Floyd, breaks him down, and knocks him out before it’s over,” said Roach.

“In watching Floyd’s career, he’s definitely slowed down somewhat. Manny has also some, everyone ages. But I think Manny’s legs are fresher than Floyd’s,” Roach added.

Koncz joined Pacquiao in the trip to LA the other night, inside nine weeks ahead of the richest fight in boxing history.

Before Pacquiao left The Arena in San Juan after coaching his Kia team in the PBA, Koncz said they’re confident of just one thing.

“All I can say is that I’m confident Manny will win this fight,” said Koncz.

Pacquiao will report to the gym on Monday, the same day Mayweather should start training in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao arrived in LA yesterday morning (Manila time) and was met at the airport by the usual throng of friends and supporters and the media.

Except for an official press conference and some photo shoots, Pacquiao will spend most of his time in Los Angeles training.

On the side, however, Pacquiao will play basketball and enjoy the game of darts with his friends or read the bible at home.

Those behind the fight did away with the traditional press tour.

“None of that. We will only do two press conferences,” said Koncz. The first one will be held in a week or two and the second on fight week.

Koncz said there was no need for a press tour.

“I think this fight is in such magnitude reporters will always find something to write about and the fighters need to focus and train,” he said.

“We don’t want to spend a whole lot of money going to 10 different cities. That money can be put into the pot and have the two fighters risking their lives split it,” he added. ..


PHILSTAR

Pacquiao to rain punches on Mayweather (philstar.com) | Updated March 3, 2015 - 2:06pm 18 1300 googleplus0 0


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao stressed that Floyd Mayweather hasn’t face someone like him – a heavy volume-puncher.

He vowed to make the undefeated American work in their megabuck showdown on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

In a column by Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole, Pacquiao said he plans to unleash a lot of blows on Mayweather in hopes of handing the pound-for-pound king his first setback in 48 professional bouts.

At the same time, Pacquiao is wary of Mayweather’s gifts that have helped the Las Vegas-based fighter stay unbeaten.

"He [Mayweather] has very good speed and footwork, and he has punches, and that makes him look good," Pacquiao told Iole. "But it depends on the fighter he is going to fight. For me as a boxer, I know what the job is. I'm going to throw a lot of punches, a lot of hard punches.

Mayweather, known throughout his brilliant career for his near-impeccable defense and ring smarts, has never been easy to hit. But in his recent fights with Miguel Cotto and Marcos Maidana, the WBC/WBA welterweight champion had been tagged more than he gets used to.

But Pacquiao hinted that Cotto and Maidana are nowhere near him in terms of aggressiveness.

"There is nobody out there who really has thrown a lot of punches at him, but I'm going to do that. He is a very good boxer, but I know how to box and I can move side to side and throw punches," the Filipino icon insisted.

Pacquiao’s speed, whirlwind style and southpaw stance might give Mayweather trouble, that’s why most boxing observers think the fighting congressman has the best chance of defeating the American.

The world has about two months to find that out. – Dino Maragay ..


PHILSTAR COLUMN

Mayweather pressuring himself SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 3, 2015 - 12:00am


 Joaquin M. Henson

WBC/WBA “unified” welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is putting a lot of undue pressure on himself by setting a goal of retiring from professional boxing with an unblemished record. Right now, he’s at 47-0 with two more fights left in his $250 million Showtime contract. Two more wins will duplicate the late Rocky Marciano’s record when the world heavyweight champion retired in 1955.

But even if Mayweather eclipses Marciano’s mark, there’s still another record to chase. Former IBF lightflyweight and WBC/WBA/WBO minimumweight champion Ricardo Lopez retired in 2001 with a 51-0-1 record, including 38 KOs, at the age of 35. That milestone is also within Mayweather’s reach.

Calling himself “The Best Ever” or TBE isn’t helping to ease the pressure. Or maybe, Mayweather just relishes the challenge. No question, Mayweather is full of himself. He’s an egotist and megalomaniac. The way he lives his life is shameful, he expects to be treated like a king lording it over subjects who are blinded by his wealth. You wonder if Mayweather believes in God because he worships mammon.

If Mayweather loses to Manny Pacquiao in their ultimate showdown in Las Vegas on May 2, it will be a huge comedown for the man who likes to be called Money. It will be such a humbling experience that Mayweather may never be the same again. That’s because of the pressure he puts on himself.

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But former world lightheavyweight and heavyweight champion Michael Spinks said recently he doesn’t think a loss will diminish Mayweather’s reputation as a future Hall of Famer. Spinks lost only once in his career, a devastating first round knockout defeat to Mike Tyson in a WBA/WBC/IBF heavyweight unification championship fight in 1988. That ended Spinks’ career and settled his record at 31-1, with 21 KOs. So in trying to tone down a possible loss by Mayweather, Spinks could’ve been reassuring himself.

“If Floyd gets one defeat, I don’t think it would change his legacy at all,” said Spinks quoted by Tris Dixon in Boxing News. “I think it would carry on and his light will shine. I don’t think my legacy was altered by my one loss, not at all. I’d had a nice strong career before the loss and at the time, the guy I fought (Tyson), he was very tough to beat by anybody. I lost to a real strong competitor. Right now, I think Mayweather wants to retire undefeated.”

Tommy (Hitman) Hearns agreed with Spinks. “I don’t think defeat will hurt Mayweather at all because he’s done so well, a loss wouldn’t make a difference. He’s pretty much picking and choosing whom he fights and he’s doing a good job. He’s undefeated so it’s going well. I enjoy Floyd as a boxer, he’s doing a great job. Floyd is the best. He’s done what he has to do. I mean, he’s beaten everybody. The fight with Pacquiao, it should have happened long ago. It’s not gonna mean anything if he beats him now, just a few more million. He’s on top because he’s stayed undefeated while Pacquiao got knocked out (by Juan Manuel Marquez).”

Hearns clearly underrated the value of a Pacquiao-Mayweather duel because it won’t be for “just a few more million.” Mayweather is guaranteed a $120 million paycheck, the biggest in his career, while Pacquiao is assured $80 million. If the pay-per-view revenues soar as expected, their paychecks get a proportionate boost. Pacquiao could take home as much as $100 million.

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Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said the pay-per-view buys could reach four million, way over the record of 2.4 million that Mayweather and Oscar de la Hoya registered in 2007. The estimate isn’t a remote possibility. The fight is five years in the making and fans have waited too long for it to finally happen.

Mayweather, 38, couldn’t care less if fans love or hate him. All he wants is for fans to pay good money to watch him in the ring. He likes to play the villain’s role, the anti-hero. It’s his way of showing he doesn’t conform to tradition or norms of conduct. It’s his way of expressing ego, that he’s The Best Ever so nothing else matters.

“Some pay to see me win, some pay to see me lose but they all pay,” he once said. “I’m running my mouth a lot and I’m looking for a guy to shut me up. If you don’t shut me up, I’m going to keep running my mouth.” Mayweather should be careful what he looks for because Pacquiao might just be the man to shut him up for good. ..


INQUIRER

Mosley predicts Mayweather will win over ‘better fighter’ Pacquiao Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ INQUIRER.net 6:04 PM | Thursday, March 5th, 2015


MOSLEY

MANILA, Philippines—Another boxing icon, another two cents.

Shane Mosley joined the list of retired boxers who gave their analysis and predictions on the mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“I see that Mayweather wins the fight. I think it goes 12 rounds,” Mosley told Fox Sports Live in a recent interview. “I think Mayweather’s going to out-point Pacquiao by moving, evading punches, and being able to do combinations and stuff like that.”

Pacquiao and Mayweather will finally settle their rivalry on May 3 (Manila time) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“It’s kind of hard to say, but right now I’ve been sticking with Mayweather,” Mosley said.

He added that Mayweather has the advantage because of Money’s similarity to Juan Manuel Marquez who knocked out Pacquiao.

“Marquez knocked Pacquiao out and Mayweather had a fairly easy time with Marquez, moving and evading punches.”

Mayweather and Marquez are both defensive boxers capitalizing on quick counterpunching.

Mosley also warned Pacquiao of Mayweather’s surprising power, saying that the undefeated American “is a better technician” compared to the Pacman who, Mosley said, was the “better fighter.”

“[Pacquiao] he’s a fighter.”


INQUIRER

‘Mayweather has to fight’ vs ‘perpetually-in-motion’ Pacquiao, says Tyson Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ INQUIRER.net 12:38 PM | Thursday, March 5th, 2015

MANILA, Philippines—As the fight of the century draws so much anticipation, boxing legends have taken their turn in throwing their two cents in.

This time it’s Mike Tyson, the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history.

Tyson said Mayweather’s defensive counter-punching style would give him trouble against the loose-cannon Pacquiao.

“He has to fight. If he’s not going to score, he is going to lose the round,” Tyson said in his YouTube channel.

Tyson added that two fighters who gave Pacquiao trouble, Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, both “threw over a hundred punches a round” and “Floyd doesn’t throw near a hundred punches per round.”

“He is more of a scientific fighter. He plots a lot, sits around and he poses. And this guy (Pacquiao) is all over the place, moving in,” the bad boy of boxing said.

Backing up his claims on Mayweather’s style, Tyson said that Pacquiao could negate Money’s style through his constant movement and use of the ring.

“This guy’s (Pacquiao) in perpetual motion, he’s all over the god-damn place,” Tyson said.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao spars in 2 weeks, says Fortune Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:26 AM | Thursday, March 5th, 2015

MANILA, Philippines—The sparring sessions can wait for Manny Pacquiao.

With chief trainer Freddie Roach still unavailable, focus will be on putting Pacquiao into shape for the tougher grind of his preparations for his welterweight Super Fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao started light training at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood last Monday (Tuesday in Manila) under the supervision of strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez.

Though Pacquiao seems ready to step up his training, Fortune is inclined to follow the timetable charted by Roach, who is in Macau to work the corner of Chinese superstar Zou Shiming in his battle with Thai Amnat Ruenroeng for the IBF flyweight title on March 7.

Fortune told the Inquirer that the first two weeks (in Los Angeles) will be spent in conditioning sessions followed by sparring.

Roach is flying back to LA on March 8 and, after a one-day rest, will take over Pacquiao’s training.

In an interview by GMA, Fortune put Pacquiao’s condition at just 60 percent. Even at that level, however, the speed and power of Pacquiao were already evident as he cut Fernandez’s lip with an uppercut in their mitts session Tuesday.

According to Fortune, “Roach h ired a slick sparring mate—a black guy and a former Olympian who is a Mayweather look-alike when it comes to fighting style.”

Meanwhile, betting for Mayweather-Pacquiao took a big turnaround in Las Vegas following a deluge of bets for the Filipino icon.

While Mayweather opened up as huge 2½ to 1 favorite, the odds dipped to -200 for the unbeaten American and +170 for Pacquiao at South Point sports book. Westgate LV Superbook put Mayweather at -210 and Pacquiao +180.

“I’ve never seen Mayweather this low eight weeks out before the fight,” said Jimmy Vaccaro, who runs the South Point hotel sports book. “It’s a one-way attack on Pacquiao. We’re well into a six-figure loss right now if Pacquiao wins.” Roy Luarca, Aquiles Zonio, AP


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