MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion and now Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya still believes that unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has the edge over Filipino fight king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
De La Hoya fought – and lost – to both men: Mayweather beat him by split decision in 2007, while Pacquiao sent him to retirement via an eighth-round technical knockout in 2008.
“I think stylistically, Mayweather has the upper hand because of the fact that he’s faster and that he’s more precise,” De La Hoya told Boxing Scene.
“Pacquiao, he’s a machine. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a tremendous fighter. It would be a tremendous fight,” he added. “But I would give the edge to Mayweather.”
De La Hoya, who won world titles in six different weight divisions, also believes he could have beaten both Pacquiao and Mayweather if he had fought them in his athletic prime.
“I would have given the edge to myself,” said De La Hoya, who was already 34 years old when he fought Mayweather and 35 against Pacquiao.
“If I was in my prime, it probably would have been a different story. Who knows? I mean, I don’t know. I’m just saying,” he added.
De La Hoya’s company, Golden Boy, has worked with Mayweather in promoting his last six fights but has failed to coordinate with rival Top Rank in putting together a mega-fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao.
Fans have been calling for a Pacquiao-Mayweather clash for years ever since the two fighters rose to the top of the pound-for-pound rankings, but the two camps have never been able to work out a deal.
Mayweather is currently serving an 87-day jail sentence for domestic violence at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas.