BOXING legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler has one piece of advice for Manny Pacquiao in his May 2 title fight against fellow boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Be wary of Floyd’s strategy.
“Mayweather is using his head. He’s using his skills and strategy. Let’s hope Pacquiao does not fall into his tricks,” said Hagler in a story ran by boxingscene.com.
Like Pacquiao, Hagler is also a southpaw.
But win or lose, Hagler guarantees the 36-year-old Filipino will become a worldwide celebrity, adding the Filipino boxing icon is bound to become a ‘worldwide figure, bigger than what he expected.’
“Whether Pacquiao loses in the first round, or whether he knocks out Mayweather in the first round, it’s going to be the biggest fight in history,” Hagler said in an interview from Hong Kong.
Now 60 and long retired from the sport, Hagler certainly knows where he is coming from.
The former undisputed middleweight champion of the world had been involved in a pair of super fights in the past, one involving Tommy ‘The Hitman’ Hearns and the other with Sugar Ray Leonard.
His 1985 title fight with Hearns is considered one of the greatest brawls in boxing history following Hagler’s sensational third round knockout win over his power-punching opponent from Detroit.
His 1987 megabuck fight with Leonard was clouded in doubt after he lost the match by split decision.
He retired from boxing following the bout.