Las Vegas: Floyd Mayweather says he is going to come out swinging and be the aggressor early against Manny Pacquiao when they meet in today’s super fight in Las Vegas.
38-year-old Mayweather, who is putting his undefeated record on the line to fight Filipino icon Pacquiao at the MGM Grand, usually needs a few rounds to feel out and adjust to his opponent’s game plan.
“I am going to approach it in a very, very aggressive way and go out there and press the attack early,” Mayweather said on Thursday night on the NBA on TNT.
“Of course I would love to win by knockout. I am pretty sure he is going to come at me extremely strong. I am facing one of the best fighters I have ever faced.”
Mayweather was on the NBA television show with hosts Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson.
Mayweather’s disclosure that he will be the aggressor is welcome news to boxing fans who are being charged a hefty $100 for the pay-per-view to watch the fight in their homes.
Mayweather’s longevity in the sport has been attributed to his brilliant defence and counterpunching skills but it also makes for some boring fights. Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach even said he goes to sleep watching some of Mayweather’s title fights.
Mayweather said he would spend the next day and half before the fight doing light workouts, watching playoff basketball on TV and trying to stay focussed.
“I want to be real relaxed and real calm. I just try to have tunnel vision when I am on my way to the gym,” he said before adding that the secret to keeping his unblemished record intact is not taking any opponent lightly.