MANILA – Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao is not to be cowed by the height and reach advantage of undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. when the two face each other on May 2 in a highly-anticipated showdown of the century in Las Vegas.
”I know that Mayweather enjoys height and reach advantage but I’m not concerned because I’m used of fighting taller fighters,” Pacquiao said in television interview.
Pacquiao said it would depend on how Mayweather uses his advantage inside the ring.
”All I have to do is to prepare for this fight,” Pacquiao, who sports 57-5-3 ring record, said.
Pacquiao, a congressman of Saranggani province, said he had already asked House Speaker Sonny Belmonte to allow him to focus first in his much-awaited fight with the American world champion.
”I hope the people will understand that I will do it not only for me and my family but for the whole nation,” Pacquiao said.
He also delegated his assistant coach Glenn Capacio to take charge the Kia Sorrento, one of the 12 teams participating in the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Pacquiao is the playing-coach of the Kia Carnival.
Pacquiao is the current WBO welterweight champion while Mayweather, who remains undefeated in 47 fights, is the WBC title holder.