“Don’t get nervous,” Pacquiao also told his fans in the report. “I’m the one fighting, so relax.”
Mayweather has never been beaten in 47 fights since turning pro in 1996, whereas Pacquiao has lost five of his 64 bouts.
Pacquiao said in the BBC report: “Any time I am the underdog, I like that. It means my killer instinct and focus is fully there. This is the moment I believe he will experience his first loss.”
Mayweather responded:“I’m more calculated, I’m the smarter fighter. He would be a better fighter if he wasn’t so reckless.
“He’s won a lot of fights by being reckless but you can be reckless and get knocked out. Just compare our fights againstJuan Manuel Marquez – I beat Marquez and Marquez knocked him out,” the American fighter said.
The MGM Grand Garden Arena, where the fight will take place, holds 16,000 people. Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie R o a c h, revealed that Pacquiao had helped devise a strategy for a fight for the first time since they started working together 14 years ago.
“We have a very good game- plan to win this fight,” Roach told BBC Sport. “If a knockout comes, we’ll be thrilled. But at welterweight, Manny’s really not that big a puncher.
“ But his speed will overwhelm Floyd, that’s what we’re counting on. It will be very difficult for Floyd to win this fight just by running and at some point he will have to exchange.” Roach said.
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