Los Angeles — In 47 fights, nobody could make head or tail of Floyd Mayweather.
This weekend in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao will become the first to prove that he has the cocky American fighter “all figured out” after their scheduled 12-round welterweight unification match.
“I already know what to do when I face him,” Pacquiao told members of the media after an eight-round sparring session and a six-round punch mitts routine that only maintained Freddie Roach’s belief that victory is within reach.
Pacquiao is a 2-1 underdog in his bid to become the first to inflict Mayweather a loss in nearly 20 years.
The last time Mayweather dropped a bout was in the amateurs, having lost a controversial decision to Serafim Todorov of Bulgaria in the semifinals of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Not even Mayweather’s unbeaten record, Pacquiao insists, doesn’t impress him.
“I have also fought undefeated fighters before and we all knew what happened to them,” he said, assuring those around him that Mayweather’s immaculate slate means nothing to him.
In the final days leading up to the biggest bout in history, Pacquiao is a picture of supreme confidence, somebody who seems to be unperturbed by the daunting task ahead of him.
“Don’t you all worry,” Pacquiao told scribes for the third straight day.
“Remember, I am the one fighting not you.”
Such is Pacquiao’s level of optimism that it appears that it’ll be just a matter of time before he knocks the pound-for-pound crown off Mayweather’s head.
But achieving that won’t be easy as Mayweather, 38, has proven many times that he has the uncanny ability to adapt to a particular situation almost at the press of a button.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, feels they have armed themselves with enough ammo needed to smoke Mayweather out.
“We have a lot of different strategies in line for Mayweather,” added Pacquiao, 36, bidding to emerge triumphant in a fight that guarantees his foe at least $120 million and himself $80 million.
A little under a week left, Pacquiao and Mayweather are ready for battle.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao plans to skip a Tuesday ceremony at the MGM Grand marking formal fighter arrivals, an event that has been standard at the hotel for major championship fights. Pacquiao is staying at another hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, and will have his after fight party at yet another hotel, the Wynn.
Promoter Bob Arum – who has been embroiled in a dispute with the hotel over tickets – said Pacquiao will only go to the MGM for the final pre-fight press conference, the weigh-in and the fight itself.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks