THE Truth has spoken.
Brandon Vera is convinced Manny Pacquiao will not just win but prevail in convincing fashion against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their megafight on May 2 (May 3 in the Philippines) in Las Vegas.
The Filipino-American MMA star on Thursday predicted an eighth or ninth round knockout by the Filipino boxing superstar against the undefeated American.
Not that they're compatriots, but Vera feels Pacquiao’s aggressive fighting style is going to be more effective against Mayweather’s strategic style.
“I don’t like Mayweather’s style,” said Vera, who is in town to promote ONE Championship’s latest event: Valor of Champions on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Is it great? Yeah, it’s an amazing style of fighting. But Pacquiao’s a fighter. He’s going to get in your face and try to knock you out and he’s doing it from his heart.
“I think Mayweather likes to play the point game and run, and try to outscore people,” the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender continued. “But he’s going to fight somebody totally different, somebody he has never seen before.”
Vera, who will watch the Fight of the Century in the country, insisted he didn’t push himself to be included in the upcoming card that features five Filipinos, led by Mark Striegl, Geje Eustaquio, and Eugene Toquero.
“I’ve never pushed to be on any fight card,” the 37-year-old Vera said. “I train; I enjoy my family; and I enjoy my time off. And when I say time off, it’s not like I’m not training. I stay busy. I stay focused and I always star ready for that phone call.
“But when it (Valor of Champions card) did come up, I did ask,” he was quick to add. “And I just let it go. But it would’ve been nice (if I were part of the event)."
The recently divorced Vera made his ONE debut last December when he knocked out Igor Subora in Warrior’s Way also at the MOA Arena.
“I’m just waiting to hear from them who I’m fighting next, where and when,” he said. “Just like everybody else, I’m excited. I don’t care who it is. I’m fighting whoever they put in front of me.”
For now, he’s enjoying his free time in his father’s home land.
“Masaya talaga,” said Vera, who traces his roots to Tagkawayan, Quezon. “In ten years, this has been the first time I’ve been able to come to the Philippines and wala akong schedule, no appointments and meeting.
“It’s the first time I get to hang out and eat — stay for three hours and eat. I don’t have to train unless I want to,” he added.