TOP Rank promoter Bob Arum believes fights fans will see the best Manny Pacquiao ever even as he joined his prized possession and celebrated trainer Freddie Roach in expressing supreme confidence so much so that they don’t see any escape for undefeated pound for pound No.1 Floyd Mayweather Jr.
A smiling, supremely relaxed and confident Pacquiao, his spirits lifted by the thunderous cheers he received from fans at a jampacked MGM Grand at the official weigh-in today where Mayweather was often booed, tipped the scales at 145 pounds while Mayweather came in one pound heavier.
Arum told The Standard that Pacquiao was “in great, great shape and I have never seen him before as relaxed as he is now and supremely confident. Freddie and Manny are not just blowing smoke, they have a game plan on how they are going to attack Mayweather and win the fight.”
The astute promoter who handled Mayweather for ten years said he knows Floyd struggles with southpaws but he has “never faced the hardest punching southpaw in Pacquuao.”
He noted that Pacquiao at the weigh in was “a smiling, happy person who looked like he is going to a party. He feels no pressure. “He has used his spirituality to alleviate him from any pressure. His spirituality has taken over Manny’s life and has made him not only a better person but a better athlete.”
Arum, who had the opportunity to watch Pacquiao train more than ever before because he now has a house in Los Angeles said “he (Pacquiao) looks faster now than I have ever seen him and he’s punching harder than before.”
The Top Rank promoter said “this fight has elevated him to a new plateau nd you may see the best Manny Pacquiao ever. I really don’t see any escape for Mayweather, that’s why its been six years to make the fight. The truth is Manny always wanted to do this fight but Floyd came up with all sorts of excuses, “ as he pointed out that when it comes to boxing he is avery smarty guy although he may “not be so smart when it comes to how he spends his money or how he talks.”
At the same time, Arum pointed out that “Manny is not stupid when it comes to boxing and while Mayweather is a great tactician the fight will be determined by who is better.
“I don’t think Floyd has the answer to Manny for the way he is going to attack.”
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