MANILA, Philippines – At this stage of his career, Manny Pacquiao is unlikely to get successful at beating Floyd Mayweather Jr., according to a former world champion.
Bobby Czyz, who used to own the IBF light heavyweight and the WBA cruiserweight titles, said the Filipino fighter was known to rely on his speed and agility but appeared to have “slowed down” in his previous bouts.
“In this particular set of sequences, Pacquiao is far too old and he’s slowed down enough that he doesn’t really have a good shot at beating Mayweather if they fight,” the retired boxer said in On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
Czyz doesn’t even see the two boxers going at it in the near future due to promotional issues.
Pacquiao’s bouts are being promoted by Top Rank’s Bob Arum, who has a lingering dispute with Mayweather.
“I don’t think that we’ll ever see Pacquiao with Mayweather,” said Czyz.
Czyz, however, admitted that the fighting congressman is way better than Timothy Bradley, who lost his WBO welterweight crown to Pacquiao nearly three weeks ago.
“I don’t believe he’s as good as Pacquiao — never was, never will be.”