LAS VEGAS - The man who came the closest to dealing Floyd Mayweather, Jr. his first loss is now part of his camp, and he has one surprising revelation.
Zab Judah claims Mayweather will mix it up with Manny Pacquiao come Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).
“Yeah, he (Mayweather) will engage Pacquiao toe-to-toe. He’s gonna do it. That’s what he’s gonna do and he will shock the world,” Judah told Spin.ph, two days before the so-called 'Fight of the Century.'
Judah, a southpaw, is best remembered for giving Mayweather a scare back in 2006 when he staggered him in the second round - it wasn't ruled a knockdown by referee Richard Steele, although replays showed Mayweather's glove touched the canvas - and rocked him several times before fading in the late rounds.
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Now 37, Judah is part of the Mayweather entourage the past 10 months helping out in the sparring and buildup for the fight against Pacquiao, who, like him, is a southpaw.
And he said Mayweather, a notoriously slow starter, will surprise Pacquiao with a more aggressive style come fight time.
“I think that Manny is gonna be surprised when he sees how aggressive Floyd is going to be,” he said of Mayweather, a stylish fighter who very rarely engages opponents toe-to-toe.
“He is very relaxed and he is very confident. Very good. My prediction, after the fight (Mayweather will be) 48 and 0 by knockout,” added the Brooklyn native. “Floyd is definitely stronger right now and from our fight in 2006, he’s ten times better now.”
Judah bared he did not exactly simulate the moves of Pacquiao during his sparring sessions with Mayweather.
“I don’t think that that was the goal (simulate), the goal wasn’t to mimic Manny Pacquiao. The goal for me was to just come in there and give him the left-handed work that I could give him,” he said.
“He is 110 percent ready for this fight,” insisted the former IBF light welterweight champion.
Judah's claim was immediately welcomed by Team Pacquiao.
Conditioning coach Justin Fortune believes that if and when Mayweather decides to engage Pacquiao in a slugfest, it will be a veritable 'suicide' for the American fighter.
“If they engage, better for us. Manny is faster and stronger,” said Fortune. “Floyd is not a known puncher. He can box, he’s a great fighter but he's not a puncher."
Pacquiao for his part refused to comment other than say that an aggressive Mayweather will make for an exciting match for the fans.
“Kung ganun eh 'di mas mainam. Para mabigyan ng exciting fight ang mga fans,” Pacquiao said.
Asked if his killer’s instinct is still there especially after fans noticed his tendency to take pity on his opponents in hisv past fights, Pacquiao gave a wink.
“Hindi naman nawawala 'yun. Andito lang lagi sa akin 'yun. Saka mas motivated ako sa laban na ito,” he said.