UNBEATEN Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be confident of beating Manny Pacquiao in the richest boxing bout ever set for May 2 at the MGM Grand.
Yet, that doesn’t mean he’s about to take things easy against his power-punching Filipino opponent.
In a rare show of un-Mayweather-like, the American, who turns 38 a few days from now, admitted he just can’t simply look past the caliber of the Filipino boxing icon no matter even if he’s already way past his prime.
“He may not be the same fighter, but this is a guy that I cannot overlook. He got here somehow and some way,” said Mayweather in an interview with Ben Thompson of FightHype.
“You never taking things for granted because anything can happen. But as far as me being nervous or worried, absolutely not, but I’m always cautious.”
But he’s certainly won’t be Floyd without slamming his 36-year-old opponent.
Mayweather said Pacquiao is definitely not in his league, even suggesting the Filipino convincingly won his last bout against Chris Algieri because he fought a ‘kickboxer.’
“I believe in myself and I believe in my skills. I got here somehow and some way by believing in my skills and believing in my talent. So with that being said, he must know that he's not in there with, um,” said Floyd (47-0, 26 KOs)
“I don't know the guy's name, Algieri, the guy he just faced. That's a kickboxer he was fighting, the last guy, from what I was told,” added Mayweather, obviously referring to the 30-year-old Algieri, whom the Pacman beat black and blue during their World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title match in Macau last November.
“(Now) He's fighting a legitimate welterweight.”
And though the showdown against Pacquiao guarantees him his richest fight purse ever, the native of Grand Rapids, Michigan considers the highly-awaited 12-round match just like any of his previous 47 fights.
“Well I don’t feel that one fight defines my legacy. To me, it's just another day. It's just another fight,” he said.