MANILA, Philippines – Controversial fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. is now “worry-free” after seeing his biggest rival Manny Pacquiao tumble down with his shocking defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez, said ESPN’s Skip Bayless.
Bayless, who believes that Pacquiao will beat Mayweather, said that the American boxer is now “off the hook” as the dream super-fight between him and the Filipino has already fizzled out.
“Floyd and his fans are relieved that you don't have to deal with the old Manny Pacquiao,” Bayless said in ESPN’s “First Take.”
The sports analyst said Pacquiao let Mayweather escape by losing his fourth bout with Marquez.
Before the Filipino’s sixth-round knockout loss to Marquez, the proposed Pacquiao-Mayweather fight was seen as the potentially most lucrative fight in years.
But the American boxer has distanced himself from the mega-bout by making numerous demands such as the Olympic drug testing and getting the upside of the pay-per-view revenue.
The dream fight eventually went down the drain after Pacquiao lost to Marquez.
“[Mayweather’s] so far off the hook he can say 'my legacy is intact, I don't have to worry about anything,”' Bayless said sarcastically.
But Bayless' fellow ESPN analyst Stephen Smith said Pacquiao’s knockout defeat has shown that the Filipino boxer might have trouble handling a defensive fighter like Mayweather.
“How he got knocked out, coming in [while Marquez was] counterpunching, that's Floyd Mayweather's specialty.”