A Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao fight is what the fans want to see, said boxer Timothy Bradley, who faced Pacquiao twice and handed him his first loss a few years ago.
Bradley, who loss a decision to Pacquiao in their second fight months ago, said he believes Mayweather will win the bout if they ever face each other.
“I think he does well, I honestly think it goes well. I think that the fight is a little more even now. I’m gonna have to favor Floyd Mayweather because he’s just brilliant in his boxing ability but you can’t take anything away from Manny Pacquiao,” Bradley said, via GMA News.
“I’m a really difficult fighter to deal with and Manny Pacquiao was able to deal with me, and if Manny Pacquiao is able to deal with me, he’s able to deal with anybody else, I truly believe that,” he continued.
Bradley noted that he has a style that’s somewhat similar to Mayweather.
“I have a lot of hand speed, foot speed as well, Floyd has hand speed and foot speed as well. He’s a better defensive fighter than I am but Manny Pacquiao throws punches in combinations, punches in bunches, so I think the fight is kind of evenly matched,” he said.
But he said that with both fighters reaching the end of their respective careers, the fight could play out differently than what people might expect.
“I wonder how the oddsmakers would do that fight if the fight ever happened because Floyd’s a little bit more flat footed and Manny is a little bit more cautious in his approach now,” he said.
Mayweather doesn’t have an opponent lined up for his usual bout in May, and Pacquiao is slated to fight Chris Algieri in Macau later this month.
Recently, it was reported Mayweather is the top earning athlete again for the year.
Forbes magazine said Mayweather earned more than $100 million.
The next top earner was Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese footballer, who earned $80 million. Next on the list was LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he earned $72.3 million.