Sparring partner gives Pacquiao '50-50 chance' vs Floyd


Posted at Mar 18 2014 01:38 PM | Updated as of Mar 18 2014 09:39 PM

A hypothetical super-fight between superstars Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. is still a toss-up, even if most pundits now consider the American the superior fighter.

This, according to Pacquiao’s sparring partner and unbeaten prospect, Lydell Rhodes.

“I’d say that it’s a toss-up. I give it a 50-50 chance,” Rhodes said in an interview with On the Ropes Boxing Radio when asked about a Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown.

The 27-year-old boxer admitted that it was a “hard question to answer.” “I’m gonna do like everyone else, I’m gonna answer to the best of my abilities while taking the easy way out,” he

Pacquiao and Mayweather were once considered as 1A and 1B in boxing pound-for-pound lists, but the Filipino dynamo has since slipped in most rankings after losing two fights in 2012. Mayweather, meanwhile, is considered the undisputed best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

But Rhodes believes that the fight remains a toss-up no matter how Pacquiao and Mayweather are ranked.

“I think Manny matches up with Floyd well,” said Rhodes. “He has a lot of speed, and he’s a southpaw.”

“But Floyd is Floyd. He has excellent technique and movement, which would give everyone problems,” he added. “So I’d say it’s a 50/50 chance. Maybe, if they fought 10 times, it would go each person’s way five times.”

Mayweather and Pacquiao have yet to fight each other once, let alone ten times. Negotiations between the two camps have repeatedly fallen apart over the years, and they remain far apart on many issues.