MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has found a new ally in Hollywood -- actor Liam Neeson.
The Irish action superstar believes the “Pacman” will pull through in his fourth fight against tough Mexican champion, Juan Manuel Marquez.
“I think Pacquiao is gonna win decisively,” Neeson, whose movie "Taken 2" is now showing in the Philippines, told ESPN.
Neeson said Pacquiao is motivated to dish out a strong performance, especially after the controversial result of the third fight against Marquez last 2011.
"Pacquiao unquestionably blew up in the last fight. I don't think it did boxing any good with an awful decision like that," said Neeson.
“I think he's out to prove something here,” he added.
It turns out that the 60-year-old Neeson is no stranger to the fight game as the actor used to be a boxer, who fought in amateur matches in Northern Ireland during his teens.
“I was juvenile champion of Northern Ireland three times and Irish runner-up a couple of times in my weight division. I was OK, I was competent. I was a jabber, I had a good jab. I had about 40 fights and I won about maybe 30,” said Neeson.
In the present crop of boxers, Neeson believes Pacquiao remains the best.
“He is the best... whoever he punched, not just Marquez, Pacquiao, he answers with five to 10 punches,” said the actor.
He said Pacquiao may have shown signs of slowing down in the past years, but he still thinks the Filipino will come out victorious against Marquez.
“I think Pacquiao is gonna come out on top,” Neeson said.