Boxing’s biggest match in several years is getting closer and closer, the welterweight championship showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. It seems like everyone in the sporting world has an opinion regarding this blockbuster fight and that includes UFC boss Dana White, who is a self-professed boxing fan.
In a recent interview, White said that he wished this fight happened five years ago when both fighters were at the peak of their powers. White, however, remains pumped for this match-up that according to him is “the fight everyone has been waiting for.” In terms of his prediction, White’s money is clearly with Mayweather saying “Floyd is definitely the favorite in this fight” because he has in his arsenal the best defense in boxing today.
This isn’t the first time White has sided with Mayweather in a huge title fight. He picked Money to win by decision over Canelo Alvarez in their title fight back in September 2013 and that prediction proved to be correct as Mayweather pulled off a majority decision victory. His prediction in the fourth Pacquiao-Marquez showdown was also right on point as he picked the Mexican boxer to emerge victorious in that fight. With that being said, White concedes that the upcoming Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown is not an easy fight to judge by any means. Vegas’ odds reflects that: the betting line on Pacquiao vs Mayweather has continued to tighten with the Filipino champion now just +165 to win on May 2nd.
Pacquiao has bounced back strongly from his stunning loss to Marquez in 2012, beating Brandon Rios, Timothy Bradley Jr. and Chris Algieri. None of those fighters, however, are near the talent and skill level of Mayweather who’s still unbeaten after 47 matches. Will Pacquiao’s aggressive style work against Mayweather’s excellent defense? Who will reign supreme in this battle between the world’s best pound-for-pound boxers? We’ll find out May 2.