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    Gilas coach Tab Baldwin knowledgeable enough in boxing to be certain of Pacquiao win

    Apr 24, 2015

    GILAS Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin is picking Manny Pacquiao over Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their May 2 (May 3 Manila time) encounter.

    “I think he is tougher. I think that his aggression and his desire to impose his style on Mayweather is what will beat Mayweather,” Baldwin said after the Gilas cadets won their final tune-up game over Blackwater before heading to Singapore for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship.

    Reporters gathered around the American-New Zealander were surprised on how well Baldwin answered the question regarding the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. Asked about it later, he bared he has been a boxing fan all his life.

    “I love boxing. I always love it,” said Baldwin, a Mike Tyson fan.

    “I think he is the greatest,” Baldwin said, referring to Tyson. “But pound-for-pound, Manny will give him a run.”

    Baldwin believes Mayweather will need to change his fighting style to fend off Pacquiao. Still, the Gilas Pilipinas coach doubts if that will work against the Filipino champion.

    “Mayweather has a choice to come out and try and fight a little differently than he has been in his career and go blow for blow. But I don’t see that working with Manny. And if he tries to be the different fighter than he has been, I don’t also see it working either.

    “I think Manny has the ability to knock him out in a brawl and I think Manny has the ability to accumulate points in a fight that goes the distance,” said Baldwin.

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