Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao told reporters on Wednesday that he’s “ready for the fight” against pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr, adding, “We know already what we’re going to do.”
For the past week and a half, Manny Pacquiao has been unavailable to media as he asked for time to focus for his upcoming bout against Mayweather. Mayweather employed that same rule from the beginning of camp, which could play a factor ahead of their May 2nd mega-fight. The Filipino superstar and congressman is unafraid and sent a stern warning to Team Mayweather: the killer instinct is there.
After a brutal sixth-round knockout at the hands of Mexican counter puncher Juan Manuel Marquez, many doubted Pacquiao could return to elite status, let alone snag a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Pacquiao also suffered a disputed split decision loss against Timothy Bradley a fight prior, but he managed to avenge that loss with a captivating performance last April. Speaking with Sky Sports, it’s not on Pacquiao’s mind at all as the days countdown to the biggest fight of his career.
“I feel very motivated,” Pacquiao said. “The inspiration and determination is back and the killer instinct is there. I love it. I am ready.”
Pacquiao knocked down former junior welterweight titlist Chris Algieri six times en route to a lopsided unanimous decision victory last November. The Algieri fight was the first time Pacquiao had knocked anyone down multiple times in a bout since 2009 against Miguel Cotto. If Pacquiao weighs in at around 144-145, it could give him an advantage – Pacquiao tends to fight better when his weight is lower – and Floyd will have to be on his A game.
In an interview with Yahoo’s Katie Couric earlier in the week, Floyd Mayweather Jr. said Manny Pacquiao “would bring the best out of Floyd Mayweather.” However, he also described him as “reckless.” Pacquiao laughed at the jab, adding that people love him for his aggressive style.
“That’s how people like me and love me because they like an exciting fight. We call this boxing,” Pacquiao added.
Although he concedes that Mayweather-Pacquiao is one of the biggest fights in the history of boxing, Pacquiao said his legacy is cemented no matter what happens.
“My entire career defines my legacy; everything I have done in boxing, I have had some great, great accomplishments and achievements in my career,” he added. “I won titles in eight different weight divisions.”