Mayweather vs Pacquiao prediction: Hall of Famer insists Manny scores late KO
Never at a loss for words and always his pupils' biggest cheerleader, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach recently insisted his fighter, Manny Pacquiao, will stop Floyd Mayweather inside the distance May 2.
Roach says Floyd will not be able to endure Pacquiao's assault for twelve rounds and will ultimately succumb late in the battle.
The trainer's comments are not surprising. After all, he's not exactly going to predict a loss.
What is a bit surprising is his recent admission to Skip Bayless that Floyd may have triumphed had Mayweather vs Pacquiao taken place five years ago, soon after the public demand rumblings began.
"Five years ago, maybe Floyd would've beaten Manny."
"[But] Manny has more heart right now. You really don't realize just how fast Manny is or how hard he hits until you actually get hit by him."
Trainer Roach believes the 38 year old Mayweather's legs are shot and that he will have no answer for Pacquiao's speed, fire power and tenacity.
Are Floyd's legs shot? If so, will he have a Plan B on May 2?
Keep in mind, he spent most of his first fight on the ropes against the heavy-handed Marcos Maidana, often trading with the dangerous Argentine.
If Floyd is not agile enough to outbox Manny, look for him to implement a Plan B, whatever that plan will be.
If Manny is able to effectively and consistently corner and trap Mayweather in the first three rounds, would it be safe to say the fight is pretty much over- or would you expect Floyd to make the necessary adjustments and rally back as he did against Maidana?