‘Real’ Rocky wants Pacquiao-Mayweather

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jun 08 2012 08:22 PM | Updated as of Jun 09 2012 09:53 PM

Ring legends impressed with Pacquiao

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- They were among the world’s boxing greats in the boxing world during the 1970s and the 1980s.

Their greatness inside and out of the boxing ring left an impression among the rosters of boxing champs.

Now, they all look up to Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.

Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1978, says Pacquiao is his favorite.

"I like him very much," says Spinks.

Earnie Shavers, who is known for his powerful punch calls Pacquiao “small but terrible.”

"Manny Pacquiao is one heck of fighter, he reminds me of myself, he is tough he don't give up,” says Shavers.

And Chuck Wepner, whose life was the inspiration for the blockbuster film “Rocky”, was also impressed with Pacman.

The 73-year-old boxing legend wishes that he still wants to see a Pacquiao-Mayweather dream match.

"Manny Pacquiao is like a god in the Philippines as he should be. He's probably the greatest fighter in the world pound-for-pound. I'd love to see him and Mayweather get it on and make a lot of money," says Wepner.

Meanwhile, the MGM Grand Garden Arena will open its doors to the public on Friday (Saturday in Manila) for the official weigh-in of the Pacquiao-Bradley super welterweight championship.