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JM: When [Pacquiao] went to 130, his knockout ratio was 50%. How all of the sudden did he move 17 pounds north of that and his knockout percentage was 100%, like I said, until the Clottey fight?
Like I said, can you conceive of Michael Carbajal beating Donald Curry? Most people are going to say you’re out of your mind. Well, Manny Pacquiao beating De La Hoya is the exact same thing. It’s no different.
LS: Well, I just hope that somehow Floyd and Manny can work everything out, and that the fight can happen. It’s such an exciting possibility. Since Floyd came back from his layoff, he totally dominated Marquez, and I’ll be honest with you, I’ve been critical of Floyd, but he took on Shane Mosley, a guy that a lot of people thought he was scared of, and he totally dominated him too.
JM: I mean, it’s like this: Are you going to turn down $40 or $50 million? They ain’t doing anything but taking blood. It’s not going to kill you. Most fighters have to take blood 2 or 3 days before the fight anyway. That’s part of the sport. Floyd’s not afraid of Pacquiao at all, but at the same time, if I have suspicion about someone who is doing things that I can’t believe, and I’ve given the most power to him, I’m going to use my power as well.
I mean, at the end of all this, no matter how good Floyd does as a fighter, you know, he might be one of the greatest fighters to ever put on a pair of gloves, but even if he don’t, this will be a part of his legacy: Maybe, he might be the guy that cleaned up boxing on that higher level. It may become mandatory in championship fights to do Olympic style drug testing. On that level, those guys can afford it. It’s not a big deal, and the promoters can pay for it.
Mayweather lands a hard right on Shane Mosley (AP Photo)
That might be the biggest significance of Floyd’s career, whether he goes on to beat Pacquiao, and does whatever else beyond that.
He will probably be more remembered if he changes boxing on that level, where for championship fights, these guys have to be tested in that way. That will be more powerful than anything that he can achieve in the ring.
LS: Let’s say they do manage to make the fight. The way that Floyd has dominated almost everybody he’s fought, do you think that Pacquiao has the tools to make it a good, close fight?
JM: Well, Pacquiao has good hand-speed himself, so that makes him dangerous. But If Pacquiao agrees to the random testing, I think he will get knocked out. I would say, probably within 5 rounds, Pacquiao will get knocked out, because he can’t get out of the way of anything.
One thing that Floyd has always shown; once they start saying that somone’s going to beat him, Floyd don’t just beat them, he dominates them. He shows that they don’t even belong in the same ring with him. He did it with Mosley, he did it with Marquez, and everybody else they’ve said that about.
Floyd’s got a gift. Once he figures you out, check, and checkmate. He’s mastered that probably better than any fighter I’ve ever seen, and I’m not saying that because he’s my nephew. I’m saying that because I’ve seen it.
Mayweather stunned by the right hand of Mosley (AP Photo)
LS: And he does that in the ring, during the fight.
JM: Yeah. He makes those adjustments. I mean just like with Zab Judah. Zab Judah started out like he could just run through Floyd, but the second Floyd figured him out, game over. Now he’s being dissected. He’s like a science project. And it didn’t just happen with him. It happened with all the guys that were supposed to give Floyd a challenge. Once he figured them out, it was over.
LS: In the Mosley fight, what was running through your mind in round 2? Did it worry you when Floyd got stumbled? That looked pretty serious for a while.
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