REIGNING World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight champion Donnie Nietes said Manny Pacquiao better not to leave his fate in the hands of the judges in his May 2 welterweight unification clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr. if he is to win boxing’s richest fight ever.
Nietes believes the only wat the Filipino boxing great can win against unbeaten, trash-talking opponent in his so-called ‘homecourt’ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is by knockout.
“My heart is for Pacquiao, but my mind is for Mayweather,” the 32-year-old Nietes told Spin.ph.
“Kailangan talaga mapatumba ni Manny si Floyd, otherwise alam naman natin kanya (Floyd) ang judges at referee,” said the pride of Murcia, Negros Occidental without elaborating.
Although Pacquiao is also a regular fixture at the MGM Grand, Mayweather Jr. is under contract with the luxurious hotel, where his last 10 fights, beginning with his 2007 showdown with Oscar Dela Hoya, had been held.
The judges and the third man in the ring for the megabout that was five years in the making, have yet to be named by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
“Kaya kailangan talaga knockout ang panalo ni Manny para walang masabi `yung mga tao, especially ang mga judges,” said Nietes, now the longest reigning Filipino world champion.
Pacquiao’s longtime nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez also aired the same concern, stressing Mayweather is hard to beat in Vegas especially in close fights that go the distance.
“I know how judges perform in Las Vegas as we saw that fight where Jose Luis Castillo beat (Mayweather). However, (the judges) gave it to Mayweather, and Pacquiao has no alternative but to knock Mayweather out,” said Marquez in a story ran by boxingscene.com.
The great Mexican fighter was referring to Mayweather’s World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title fight against Castillo in 2002 which Floyd Jr. won by unanimous decision in a highly-debatable outcome.
One thing going for Pacquiao, according to Nietes, is his being a southpaw, pointing out that Mayweather always has a hard time dealing with such opponents.
“Yan ang malaking bentahe ni Manny, kaya ang chance niya ma-knockout si Floyd ay malaki rin,” added the star of the Cebu-based ALA boxing gym, who is set to defend his title on March 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum against Mexican challenger Gilberto Parra.