Holyfield says mega-fight is anybody's game


Posted at Jan 24 2012 05:27 PM | Updated as of Jan 25 2012 06:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines – In a mega-fight between pound-for-pound kings Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao and undefeated American Floyd Mayweather, anything can happen, according to former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

In a Boxing Scene interview, Holyfield said it is difficult to choose a winner should the top two welterweights in the world eventually face off in the ring.

"It will be a great fight. It's hard to say (who will win), because both guys are so gifted, and so capable of winning from two different angles. You can't count either of them out," he said.

"Pacquiao doesn't quit and Floyd is always able to make the adjustments. We've never seen him in any kind of trouble" he added.

Holyfield noted that no fighter "has ever put pressure on Floyd," widely recognized as the finest defensive boxer of his generation.

But should he face off against Pacquiao, Mayweather will then be facing "a guy who puts it on everyone," Holyfield said.

In contrast to Mayweather, Pacquiao became famous for his highlight-reel knockout victories built on his punching power and hand speed.

"It goes down to what's going to happen on the day and what each individual can pull out on the day, how they'll deal with the pressure on them for each fighter to fight that last great fight," Holyfield said.

Negotiations for a Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight fell apart anew last week after Mayweather refused to accept a 50-50 split.