MANILA – Hollywood actor Liam Neeson believes that the only thing holding back the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. mega fight is Floyd’s unwillingness to face the Filipino boxing superstar.
In an interview with ESPN, the Oscar-nominated actor admitted being one of the fans waiting for the super fight to take place.
“I would pay any amount of money to be at that fight,” said Neeson, who is known for his performances in Hollywood films like Taken, Les Misérables, Clash of the Titans and The A-Team.
Neeson used to box in the amateur ranks during his teens in his native Ireland.
“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,” he said.
The now 60-year-old actor branded Pacquiao as one of today’s best boxers.
He even picked the Filipino to win over Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8. He said the fighting congressman has the attributes of a great champion.
“Pacquiao is still amazing. He's getting a little bit older, but in the championship rounds, from 9 to 12, he just gets stronger and stronger and stronger,” said Neeson.
“That's the sign of a great champion.”
Neeson thinks Mayweather is a great fighter, too.
But the downside with Mayweather, he said, is the American boxer’s refusal to fight Pacquiao.
“I think he's scared of Pacquaio… I don't mean he is scared, like terrified of his life, but I think he thinks he can see in Pacquiao someone that could beat him.”