All-time great Sugar Ray Leonard is unsure whether the mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao is capable of living up to the hype on May 2nd but says the fight still has plenty of intrigue for the fans.
Mayweather and Pacquiao agreed to finally meet ending eight years of frustration in the sport and Leonard says the contest can still spring a surprise despite the bookmakers seeing the PPV clash as a nailed on twelve-rounder in the spring.
“You don’t know (whether Mayweather v Pacquiao can live up to the hype),” Leonard told Sky Sports News HQ on Thursday. “One punch could just end it all. One punch could upset it and turn things around.
“Can it? – Yes. Will it? – We will see. I think that is the intrigue as everyone has their own sense of what is going to happen, but to be honest with you no-one really knows.”
Asked whether Pacquiao’s recent defeats will have any bearing on the encounter at the MGM Grand, Leonard answered: “Psychologically, I don’t think Pacquiao will go into the ring thinking about those two losses.
“Mayweather hasn’t lost at all so you give him a little edge – but not too much,” he added.
The veteran champions went eye-to-eye again at a Los Angeles press conference on Wednesday afternoon and can now put all their efforts into training for what is certain to be the most lucrative fight of all time and a potential PPV record-breaker.