Confident Pacquiao says he's a different animal from previous Mayweather victims
Manny Pacquiao takes a 'selfie' on stage during his fan rally at Mandalay Bay. Jerome Ascano

LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather Jr. may hold the distinction of beating everyone that stood in his path going into his Saturday welterweight showdown against Manny Pacquiao.

But the Pacman claimed he’s a different animal altogether.

A day after arriving with so much fanfare in the world's gambling capital, Pacquiao reminded everybody that he’s a cut above any of the opponents Mayweather had beaten so far in his unblemished pro career.

“I’m different from those people,” stressed the 36-year-old boxing pride from the Philippines during a roundtable interview that followed his Las Vegas Fan Rally attended by around a thousand shreking fans at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center on Tuesday morning (Wednesday, Manila time).

“I’m faster than them and I’m confident for this fight.”

The 38-year-old Mayweather will carry with him his perfect record of 47-0, with 26 KOs, when he climbs the ring against Pacquiao this weekend before a sellout crowd at the MGM Grand Arena and millions more watching around the world.

But Pacquiao believes that with the kind of training he had under Freddie Roach over the last seven weeks and the strategy they will be bringing in, the Filipino ring legend is brimming with confidence that victory will be theirs four days from now.

“The confidence is there 100 percent,” said a smiling Pacquiao, clad in his white MP shirt over brown denim, in a discussion that also involved Roach, adviser Mike Konz, and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.

Pacquiao said he doesn't even consider Mayweather the most dangerous fighter he ever faced, notwithstanding the perfect record and his claim to being ‘the greatest’ boxer of all-time.

“I cannot say the most dangerous in my career. I already fought the likes of (Oscar) De La Hoya, (Miguel) Cotto, and others,” said Pacquiao without elaborating.

Now it’s just a matter of days before Mayweather finally experiences the bitter taste of defeat, the Filipino boxer said.

“This is the moment I believe he will experience a loss,” said Pacquiao.

Pscquiao was also asked what he thought about Floyd and The Money Team (TMT) selling t-shirts with the design of the Philippine flag printed on it just like the one the unbeaten fighter wore during his media day two weeks ago.

With his eyes glowing and a ready smile, Pacquiao said, “That’s good. I like that because it means he (Floyd) wants to join our team.”


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