Pacquiao on First Take: “I’m More Worried About Cotto and De La Hoya Than Mayweather”



Manny Pacquiao made a quick stop on ESPN’s First Take Show which is one of the few stops before he meets about 600 credentialed media in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. That will be the first and only time he will be face to face with Floyd Mayweather Jr. before he arrives in Las Vegas for fight week for his May 2nd fight.

Here are some takeaways from the interview.

Being worried for the fight:

“I’m more worried about De La Hoya and Cotto than my fight with Floyd,” Pacquiao said. “My footwork and hand combinations will be my advantage. I tell you Cotto and Margarito punch hard. This is boxing, and it’s about punches.

On Why Mayweather waited so long to make the fight:

“He’s afraid to lose,” Pacquiao said. “He took so long because he’s afraid to lose.

On why it’s important to beat Floyd Mayweather:

“I’m here to prove that I can easily beat the undefeated,” stated Pacquiao. “Beating Floyd is good for boxing. When athletes have great success, their success goes to their head. That is bad for boxing.”

While one host Skip Bayless is Pro-Pacquiao, the other host Stephen A Smith is Pro-Mayweather. He’s so Pro-Mayweather that there are pictures over his timeline mocking Pacquiao being knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez quoting his tweet with.” Are you ok Manny.”

But Pacquiao laughed many of the comments off even agitating the host by saying that beating Mayweather is good for boxing and laughing at many off the comments made by Stephen a Smith.

Pacquaio ended the segment by saying, “I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years. The Lord my God that I am serving will deliver him into my hands.”