Manny Pacquiao expects Floyd Mayweather to be at his best come May 2
Manny Pacquiao says he expects Floyd Mayweather to be at his first come May 2. Jerome Ascano

FLOYD Mayweather Jr. may have turned 38 years old just a few days ago, but Manny Pacquiao still expects him to be at his best when the two finally climb the ring two months from now.

Pacquiao still sees Mayweather as the sleek, intelligent fighter the world has known despite insinuations he’s already slipped in his last few matches.

“I expect the best from him,” said the 36-year-old boxing legend shortly after going through an hour-long workout at the MP Tower in Sampaloc on Thursday afternoon.

Mayweather has not been impressive in his last two fights against Marcos Maidana, a known southpaw like Pacquiao.

Although Mayweather won both fights to raise his record to 47-0 (26 KOs), the native of Grand Rapids, Michigan had to settle twice for a decision, including a majority one during their first meeting.

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The 36-year-old Pacquiao doesn't agree that Mayweather is now on a downswing.

“Baka na-underestimate niya lang si Maidana,” said Pacquiao, who did six rounds with the mitts during his workout with assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez witnessed by a sizeable media throng, including representatives from CNN and Agence France Press.

Pacquiao said he doesn’t expect Mayweather to show up for their fight the way he did against Maidana.

“I’m sure maghahanda siya,” said the Pacman.

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