Manny Pacquaio will soon put a long-existing “international boxing nightmare” to bed, according to his trainer Freddie Roach.
The Filipino southpaw, Win: 57 (38KOS), Loss: 5 (3KOS), Draw 2, will lock horns with undefeated American Floyd Mayweather, 47-0, 26KOS, in a unification welterweight super-fight expected to generate the biggest revenue in the history of boxing scheduled for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday.
“Our long international boxing nightmare will soon be over,” declared six-time boxing Hall of Fame trainer Roach on Monday. “Boxing has been held hostage by Floyd Mayweather and his antics long enough.”
Eight-division world champion, Pacquaio, 36, suffered successive defeats by American Timothy Bradley (KO) and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez (UD) in 2012, but rebounded with victories in his last three fights against Brandon Rios (2012), Timothy Bradley (2014) and Chris Algieri (2014), all by Unanimous Decisions.
The ‘Congressman Fighter’ is the betting underdog coming into the start of fight week, which he marked with a free fan rally at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday.
According to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, Mayweather, 38, who will make his “grand arrival” also on Tuesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, is now a -225 favorite to win the bout after going off at -210 in the week prior to fight week.
Pacquaio is +175 underdog however, but Roach is confident his protégé will stun the boxing world this weekend.
“Boxing have been held hostage by Floyd Mayweather and his antics long enough,” he said. “Manny is going to stand up to Floyd on May 2 and put the bully in his place.
“On paper- and in the sports books- Manny shouldn’t stand a chance. But neither did David against Goliath. Just remember Manny has always come out on top when he was the underdog and you don’t have to look any further than this victories over Ledwaba, Barrera and De La Hoya.
“As Manny said earlier, ‘it is time for Floyd to lose.’ Manny is on a mission. This fight is his crusade. The fans of the world are rooting for Manny to win just like they willed this fight to happen. He is their champion. This will be their victory.”