By Jeff Newman: Next Monday, March 2nd, WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) will begin training for his May 2nd unification clash with WBO 147 pound champion Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) in their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather doesn’t feel the need to train more than eight weeks for the fight, as he sees the bout as just any other fight and not something for him to be worried about. Pacquiao already started training camp two weeks ago, and he’s on pace to have a 10-week training camp. That’s obviously a case of Pacquiao making sure he crosses every ‘T’ and dots every ‘I’ during his training camp.
While Mayweather says he’s not worried about the fight, he still isn’t about to overlook the 36-year-old Filipino fighter, because he sees every opponent as a potential threat to beating him if he doesn’t take them seriously. With Pacquiao sporting a four-fight winning streak since his back to back loses to Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012, Mayweather has to take him seriously.
“To me, it’s just another day. It’s just another fight,” Mayweather said via Fighthype.com. “When you look at the tale of the tape, I have a longer reach, I’m taller, I’m stronger, and I’m more accurate. I think I’ve seen a major change in Pacquiao. He may not be the same fighter, but this is a guy that I cannot overlook. He got here somehow and some way. You never take nothing for granted because anything can happen.”
It’s unclear what Mayweather’s focus will be for the training camp. He can either train for a knockout in the same way Juan Manuel Marquez did in his last fight against Pacquiao in 2012, or Mayweather can train for speed and endurance by focusing on being able to throw a lot of punches for the full 12 rounds.
It might not be in Mayweather’s best interest for him to get into a battle where he’s going to be trying to match Pacquiao punch for punch, because that could result in Mayweather getting hit a lot. He doesn’t need to be hit a lot by Pacquiao, because this would mean the fight would be a competitive one where Mayweather could possibly lose by a decision or a knockout. It would be in Mayweather’s best interest to either try and score a knockout over Pacquiao or beat him by a decision by being elusive.