MANILA, Philippines – Boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. was impressed with Filipino champ Manny Pacquiao’s performance against Brandon Rios last weekend, and even compared the Pacman’s moves to that of his own son, American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Pacquiao, fighting for the first time in nearly a year, surprised Rios with his speed and lateral movement, found a target for his right straight and left hook early and often, and cruised to a unanimous decision victory.
In an interview with Pro Boxing Insider, Floyd Sr. praised Pacquiao’s performance, and even compared it to some of his son’s recent fights.
“Manny moved when he wanted to, touched him when he wanted to, and Manny was doing everything,” Floyd Sr. said. “Manny was giving him side angles, cracking him.”
“To me, (Rios) didn’t win a round. I think the fight was a total shutout,” he added.
The outspoken trainer noted that Pacquiao rarely found himself in trouble against Rios, despite the American’s reputation as a hard-hitting puncher.
“This guy (Rios) never did really hit. He never really hit Manny with anything. Manny was slipping and sliding,” Floyd Sr. said. “Manny was looking like Floyd! Anny was looking like the way Floyd looked over (Saul) Alvarez and (Robert) Guerrero.”
Mayweather had routed Guerrero and Alvarez in his two fights this year, both times showing that he had barely lost a step despite being already 36.
“That’s the way Manny looked against him (Rios),” said Floyd Sr.
At the same time, the elder Mayweather pointed out that Rios – a former world lightweight champion – wasn’t a particularly good opponent.
“I think that Manny Pacquiao did good with him, because to me, Brandon Rios can’t fight, to be honest,” said Floyd Sr. “Those are my honest opinions.”
“From what I saw from him, I don’t see skills, I don’t see knowledge of boxing. I think that Manny looked very, very good on him,” he added. “(Rios) didn’t look like a fighter that was in the top 10 (pound for pound) ranking, period.”