Pacquiao relishing underdog tag in Mayweather bout

Nick Giongco 14/03/2015

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Manny Pacquiao embraces his role as underdog and said that he knows exactly how to deal with somebody like Floyd Mayweather – as well as his ring antics.

“Iba ang pakiramdam kapag underdog ka,” (I have no problem being the underdog) said Pacquiao, looking cool, calm and composed.

“Mas mataas ang motivation mo na manalo ng maganda kapag dehado ka.” (It gives me higher motivation to win when I am seen at a disadvantage)

After recharging his batteries with a huge serving of steamed white rice, fried beef strips, chicken soup, a plateful of fruits and two bottles of artesian water, Pacquiao took out his Smartphone and showed the strategy he believes will lead to Mayweather’s downfall on May 2 in Las Vegas.

It wasn’t actually top secret, but Pacquiao was beaming when he handed the phone to The Bulletin reporter so he can see how his just-ended training went.

The video showed Pacquiao pummeling the heavy bag, his hands almost lost in a blur and each blow producing a sound similar to artillery fire.

“Binilang mo ba kung ilang suntok ang pinakawalan ko sa isang segundo?” (Did you count how many blows per second?) asked Pacquiao, who put on a sheepish smile, apparently happy at the progress of his training for what has been billed as the fight of the century.

It has also been called boxing’s biggest fight ever with the fighters dividing the $200 million purse although Mayweather will get the bigger slice after their 60-40 arrangement.

Mayweather is a defensive master and Pacquiao feels the unbeaten US fighter will lean heavily on this expertise when they finally get it on at the MGM Grand.

Told about the possible scenario of Mayweather walking back to his corner bedazzled and bruised and ranting to his trainers that he never really wanted the fight, Pacquiao broke out a hearty laugh.

Then Pacquiao mimicked some of Mayweather’s trademarks, including the famed shoulder roll and his penchant to use the ropes as a refuge from exhaustion.

Once Mayweather resorts to either of the two, Pacquiao promises to unleash an avalanche of power punches from all angles.

“More punches, more chances of winning,” said Pacquiao, whose team-up with the returning Freddie Roach for the second straight day proved to be another satisfying one for the Hall of Fame cornerman.

Pacquiao was last labeled as underdog when he faced Oscar De La Hoya in 2008. And Mayweather will not have to be reminded what happened to Oscar. The legendary boxer quit in the seventh round.

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