MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated American boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather expects fellow unbeaten fighter Timothy Bradley Jr. to give Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao of the Philippines a tough challenge in the boxing ring.
Pacquiao will defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight championship against Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas.
“I’m pretty sure Pacquiao has a tough task on his hands with the young fighter,” Mayweather said in a Fight Hype interview.
Mayweather admitted that he does not know Bradley all that well, saying, “I don’t really know his name,” but acknowledged that Bradley “can box a little bit.”
“I had a chance to see the fighter fight, and the fighter that he (Pacquiao) is facing can box a little bit, so I don’t think it’s going to be an easy task for him,” Mayweather said.
Mayweather will make his return to the ring on May 5 against Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto. If he is successful against Cotto, Mayweather said he will once again try to make a mega-fight with Pacquiao.
“We wanted the Pacquiao fight for May 5th, but it didn’t happen, so there’s nothign I can do,” he said. “At this particular time, I can’t overlook a guy like Miguel Cotto.”
“Like I said before, this guy (Cotto) has a lot of experience under his belt, and I know he’s going to come to fight. Hopefully, you know, after this fight, of course we want the Pacquiao fight,” Mayweather added.
The two boxers’ camps engaged in negotiations earlier this year, but talks broke down after they failed to agree on the guaranteed purse and the split of the pay-per-view revenue.