HE may be a compatriot of Floyd Mayweather Jr., but Urijah Faber is cheering for Manny Pacquiao in the Filipino boxing superstar’s mega-bout against the American on May 2.
Two weeks before he tangles with Frankie Edgar in the first staging of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the Philippines on May 16, Faber is hoping to see Pacquiao deal the first loss of Mayweather’s career.
“I’m always rooting for Pacquiao,” the top mixed martial artist said. “I’d love to see him get that ‘W.'
It’s scary, though,” he was quick to add, "because Floyd is so defensively sound and he’s the bigger guy and he’s got that track record.”
“A couple of years ago, I would have given it to Pacquiao for his punching power and his aggressiveness, but now, I think Floyd’s going to play it safe and get a decision,” he continued. “But I hope not.”
For Pacquiao to emerge victorious, Faber stressed the Filipino has to stick to what has “made him such a fan-favorite and a successful guy.”
“He’s not going to win a cautious fight against him. He’s going to turn it into a brawl and use his speed and his power.”
“And if I would give him advice, that would be it: just go for broke,” Faber added.
Edgar echoed his upcoming opponent’s sentiments.
“If it’s a slow-paced fight, it’ll go Floyd’s way, but if it’s fast paced and there are a lot of exchanges, I think Manny will get it done.”
“I think he has great chances,” Edgar added of Pacquiao. “Floyd has the best defense in boxing, but Manny’s one of the most dangerous guys in the history of boxing. He’s got great feet, a lot of power in both hands, and he’s going to keep coming.”