As we all know, Floyd Mayweather Sr., father and trainer of pound-for-pound cash cow Floyd Mayweather Jr., doesn’t have much respect for Manny Pacquiao or his trainer, who he refers to as Freddie ‘The Joke Coach’ Roach.
At one point when Mayweather was asked to give his thoughts about a potential fight between Pacquiao and Marcos Maidana, the brusquely Mayweather took the loathing a step further, adding that the Argentinian slugger would “rape him; rape him, take his clothes off in front of 3,000 people in the house.”
So when Mayweather was asked by Elie Seckbach to give his thoughts about a potential title eliminator fight between Pacquiao and WBC Silver welterweight titlist Amir Khan in the spring, one could imagine who he would pick to win that fight.
Before he went into detail, Mayweather reiterated that a rematch between his son and Pacquiao would look no different from the first fight.
“What Floyd did, it’ll happen again. He’ll do it again,” Mayweather said.
“Amir Khan will win [against Pacquiao] because all you got to do is be able to out-box him. You can win,” he added. “Freddie ‘The Joke Coach’ Roach don’t know nothing. Like I said, he don’t know nothing, man.”
Pacquiao and Khan used to train together under Freddie Roach. After Khan was stopped by Danny Garcia in 2012, Khan burned the bridge to say the least and hired Virgil Hunter.
However, during their tenure together with Roach, they often had rigorous sparring sessions. According to Roach back in 2011 when he was on good terms with Khan, the Hall of Fame trainer said that Khan, “was more than able to hold his own.”
But when the fight progressed, “Manny takes control.”
After Khan blamed Roach’s Parkinson’s Disease as his reason for teaming up with Virgil Hunter, it’s possible that Roach will have more fire behind him when he trains Pacquiao – if the fight happens of course.
What kind of Pacquiao will we see? Are we going to see a Pacquiao at the end of the line or will we see a Filipino superstar who can still put on an exciting show for his fans?
Mayweather made Pacquiao look silly in the latter half of their bout in May and five years of waiting for the supposed ‘Fight of the Century’ turned out to be a big disappointment.
Is Amir Khan still a top-level fighter?
While Khan’s hand speed is blazing, Pacquiao’s punches are more precise and land with more authority. As we saw in the Algieri fight, Khan was rocked several times with overhand rights, and Algieri only has eight knockouts.
Khan hasn’t faced any challenges since the Garcia fight and a clash against a post-prime Pacquiao would not only serve as his first test in his comeback, but perhaps a lucrative one.
I think Pacquiao wins by decision, but considering that Al Haymon is currently being sued by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions – that could be the IED to the chances of this fight happening.