Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao -- Credit: Reuters
MANILA, Philippines – Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson believes the difference between top fighters Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather lies in their “emotions.”
Tyson, who believes both Pacquiao and Mayweather are “all-time greats,” explained the difference between the two in an interview with Fight Hype.
“With Manny Pacquiao, the way he fights, you can feel his passion,” Tyson said. “Floyd is very controlled with his emotions. You don’t feel for him like you feel for Pacquiao, because it’s more controlled.”
“Floyd is more of a controlled guy. He is very talented and sophisticated, with no feelings or emotions,” he added.
But people can relate more to Pacquiao because of the passion that he shows while fighting, said Tyson.
“Manny is more passionate,” he said. “As human beings, we love that passion and emotion.”
Tyson also explained that Mayweather’s success was due in part to his upbringing, having been born into a boxing family.
“What makes Floyd so successful is experience, cultivation as a baby, and being a little boy doing it,” said Tyson. “He was associated with very successful fighters at a young age – his uncle, his father, and guys like Tommy Hearns.”
“He’s been around some very successful fighters his whole life, and with his hard work, that’s almost like something that he inherited,” he added.