Pacquiao: Mayweather won’t underestimate me like Maidana

Nick Giongco 02/03/2015
Manny Pacquiao

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Manny Pacquiao believes that Floyd Mayweather won’t make the mistake of underestimating him the way the US fighter did when he faced the rugged Argentine puncher Marcos Maidana last year.

Mayweather encountered rough sailing when he met Maidana during their first fight in May but won handily in the rematch in September.

“Maybe, he (Mayweather) underestimated Maidana that’s why he had difficulties (handling him),” said Pacquiao.

Pacquiao believes that Mayweather will treat him differently when they go at it on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“I know he’s not going to underestimate me,” added the 36-year-old Filipino eight-division champion, who this week set up camp in Los Angeles.

Knowing that Mayweather will get into the ring in his career-best, Pacquiao is working out a sweat with the help of long-time training assistant Buboy Fernandez, who has copied some of Mayweather’s moves during the mitts sessions in the Philippines.

Pacquiao found conditioning coach Justin Fortune waiting in LA as lead trainer Freddie Roach won’t be showing up for camp until the second week of March. Roach is with Chinese legend Zou Shiming, who fights for the world flyweight crown on March 7 in Macau.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks