MANILA – Despite Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s image of "invincibility," former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield believes the undefeated American is not confident enough of his chances against Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.
The 51-year-old Holyfield, who recently retired from boxing, said this is the reason why Mayweather continues to duck the fighting congressman from the Philippines.
“Everbody is saying, ‘Why doesn’t he fight Pacquiao? He’ll kill Pacquiao,’” Holyfield said in Keith Idec’s Boxing Scene report.
“He doesn’t believe it himself. Until he believes it, the fight won’t happen.”
Fight fans have been clamoring for the super fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather, who are both considered as today’s most popular boxers.
But despite predictions that the mega-bout would be the highest grossing fight in the history of boxing, disagreements between the two fighters' camps continue to prevent the bout from happening.
The failure to make the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was even named by The Ring Magazine as “The Event of the Year” for 2010.
During their recent exchange last January, Mayweather called Pacquiao a "desperate dog" for chasing the superfight due to his tax problems.
But when the Filipino boxer challenged “Money Mayweather” to a charity fight, Mayweather refused to respond.