Ahead of his massive upcoming clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr, WBO welterweight title holder Manny Pacquiao talks about his gameplan for the fight.
How important will it be to turn into “the Manny of old” in order to defeat Mayweather?
“I have to be a warrior in the ring on May 2 and fight like it is the last fight of my life. I need to fight every round like each one is the last round of my life. For the past five years this is the fight I have dreamed of and prayed for. And now that this fight is a reality I am going to prove that it was worth the wait.
“I am in great condition now and I will be in the same peak condition as when I fought Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto. Freddie Roach and I will be looking to add a lot of the strategy we used against De La Hoya and Cotto. It will be attack and pressure.
“The strategy is to make every round the fight. To win the fight I must win each round. And to win each round I must overwhelm him with speed, punch volume and power. If the opportunity to knock Floyd out presents itself, I will take advantage of it.
“I know what it will take to beat Floyd and I will leave no doubt that I won on May 2. None. That is the ‘Manny Pacquiao’ Floyd will face on May 2. It is time for Floyd to lose.”
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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao takes place Saturday, May 2 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.