MANILA – American prospect Lydell Rhodes, who has served as a sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao, is backing pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather to defeat Marcos Maidana on May 3.
Rhodes, who sparred with Pacquiao in General Santos in the first phase of the Filipino’s training camp, told On the Ropes Boxing Radio that when it comes to Mayweather, “the proof is in the pudding.”
“He hasn’t lost, on paper he’s undefeated, and Marcos has lost, I believe, three times,” said the 26-year-old Rhodes. “So on paper, I gotta go with Floyd.”
“Watching both fighters fight, I still got to go with Floyd, because what he does in the ring is just remarkable. He makes every fight look easier than it is,” he added.
Rhodes predicted that Mayweather will “outbox Marcos every round,” and even has a chance of winning by stoppage if he attacks the Argentine’s body.
“I’d say there’s a 10 to 15% chance that he can stop Maidana, but I see him definitely getting the decision,” said Rhodes. “Whether it would be easy or not, I’m leaning more towards it being an easy night for Floyd.”
That being said, Rhodes still thinks that Maidana is “a beast.” “He’ll be in there to fight every round,” he said.
“But Floyd, he’s just really good at what he does,” he added. “I think people like him and Pacquiao, they’re just on a whole other level than everyone else.”
“Like I said, Floyd can make a hard fight look easy, so I’m with Floyd all the way in that fight.”