World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko may not be a fan of Floyd Mayweather's brash persona, but the Ukrainian star still likes Money's chances against Manny Pacquiao on May 2.
According to Mitch Abramson of the New York Daily News, after admonishing Mayweather for suggesting that he is better than Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali, Klitschko picked the undefeated champ to take down Pac-Man:
Maybe his fights are not impressive as Pacquiao's but they're effective. So I think that from a boxing standpoint, I think a slight advantage is on Mayweather's side because of his size and technical capabilities. So I'm going to (go) with 51-49 for Mayweather. On a boxing standpoint, we're not talking about personal likeness.
Mayweather has a penchant for going the distance and winning on the scorecards due to his defensive skill. His fights aren't always the height of excitement, but Klitschko can certainly relate since the bulk of his bouts are won by holding opponents at bay with jabs.
The upcoming clash between Mayweather and Pacquiao is one of the most highly anticipated fights in boxing history, and it is viewed as a matchup that could help the sport return to its former glory.
There is no question that the combatants have a great deal of hype to live up to, but it is clear that seemingly everyone involved with boxing is interested and has an opinion.
Klitschko clearly doesn't have a personal affinity for Mayweather, but he respects what Mayweather has accomplished in the ring.
Pacquiao is no pushover in his own right, though, and Klitschko's comments could serve as bulletin board material in terms of motivating Pac-Man even more ahead of his meeting with Mayweather.
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