Manny Pacquiao will lose to Floyd Mayweather if the megafight ends up happening, according to Juan Manuel Marquez.
Marquez, who has beaten Pacquiao and also faced Mayweather, agrees that Pacquiao is looking better of late, but still says that he doesn’t have enough to beat Floyd.
“For me, Mayweather would win. He is not a puncher, but he is an artist in the ring. He is the best in terms of defense and he’s very quick with counter-punches and that’s what hurts Pacquiao. He handles timing very well and it is an important factor and a very harmful weapon against Pacquiao,” Marquez told ESPN Deportes.
“Mayweather won’t win by knockout, but on points. We know that defensively Mayweather is the best in the world and he is considered the best pound for pound as well.”
The comments come after Amir Khan said earlier this month that Pacman will actually beat Money if the fight happens.
“He’s a stronger boxer, he punches harder, he has a little bit more quicker movements. He’s more explosive. I think that will win him the fight,” Khan told Fight Hype.
Meanwhile, Australian promoter and radio host Peter Maniatis says that pressure from CBS, Showtime, and HBO will force Mayweather to finally face Pacquiao.
Maniatis said that sources informeed him both sides are talking and the latest deal has Mayweather getting $100 million and Pacquiao getting $60 million.
Both fighters would also get a slice of the pay-per-view earnings.
Maniatis also told the Manila Standard that Mayweather, who has reportedly demanded a rematch clause, wants the winner of the first fight to get an additional 20 percent of the revenue in a rematch.
Maniatis also said he believes both Mayweather and Pacquiao “have slipped, that’s why they have to do it now.”