Boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. predicts that Filipino champ Manny Pacquiao will be unable to avenge his controversial loss to unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr. when they meet in a rematch in April.
Pacquiao lost to Bradley in controversial fashion when they fought in June 2012, coming up short in the judges’ scorecards. He has a chance to go for revenge on April 12, when he challenges Bradley for the WBO welterweight title.
Speaking to Hustle Boss, Mayweather Sr. expressed his doubts over Pacquiao’s capability to win the rematch.
“He’s not going to beat Bradley this time,” said the trainer. “I think you’re going to see a totally different fight from what you seen before. I don’t think you’re going to see the same Pacquiao.”
Mayweather Sr. thought that Pacquiao won the first fight and had favored the Filipino in the rematch when it was first announced, but has since changed his mind.
He said he does not think Pacquiao has fully recovered from his frightening knockout loss to Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012, which saw him lie face down on the canvass for several minutes.
“Any time you get stretched like that, you’re out for five to seven, eight minutes… man, you get knocked out like that, that’s a serious, cold knockout. It’s going to be hard for him to come back behind that,” he said.
Pacquiao has repeatedly asserted that his dominant performance against Brandon Rios in November 2013 showed that he has bounced back from the stoppage loss, but Mayweather Sr. sees differently.
“He beat Rios. He won that fight, but he ain’t fighting Rios now. He’s fighting Bradley. That’s going to be a different fight,” he said.
“You can get physically in shape, but I think mentally will be the problem,” he added. “Mentally, a lot of things that you would normally do, you cannot do.”
“You can’t prepare yourself mentally to get good enough to beat this guy.”