Dontae’s Boxing Nation caught former world champion Zab Judah on his way to the gym and asked him what he thought about the upcoming super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Zab has known Floyd for a long time and considers him a friend, but he didn’t really speak of any of Floyd’s advantages over Pacquiao, and he stopped short of making any predictions.
“It’s a good fight. You can’t keep on Pacquiao and vice versa, you can’t keep on Floyd. It’s a good fight.”
As one of the very few boxers on the planet to have ever given Floyd a problem or two in the ring. It is interesting that he didn’t give Floyd the same general edge that most of the boxing world has been giving him in the fight. As Ricky Hatton pointed out, Zab’s “in and out” style against Floyd was pretty effective in their fight and maybe he sees something similar in Manny Pacquiao to keep this fight more even than most seem to have it.
With those similarities in mind and his relationship with Floyd on good terms after some rather rocky times in the past, Zab was asked if he would consider sparring with Floyd. Judah isn’t against the idea but in the end, he knows it’s not his call. Whether he gets the call or not, he assured that he would be in shape and ready.
“I don’t know; that’s they call you know. I’m in the gym every day, ready and willing you know… At the end of the day, he is a friend, for a long time so, of course if he need help, why not?”
Zab may have slowed a bit over the years, but it may not be a bad call for Floyd to make. He’s got the world class experience that would allow him to throw a few wrinkles into training that younger faster guys won’t bring. You wouldn’t want a whole camp full of Zab Judah’s in preparation for a Pacquiao fight, but going some rounds with him could be beneficial.
You can see Zab’s possible sparring partner in the ring with Manny Pacquiao live from The MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 2nd, 2015.