Pacquiao, Mayweather not at their best?

The mega-fight in the boxing world is finally happening on May 2, 2015, but other boxers say it should have happened 3-6 years ago.

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Juan Manuel Marquez, the fighter who made the Filipino boxing icon kiss the canvass in a knockout win in 2012 said in an ABS-CBN News report, the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight should have happened three years ago, when both fighters were still in their athletic prime.

Marquez knows both fighters well as he has fought Pacquiao four times (their first bout ended in a draw, Marquez losing his Super Featherweight title to Manny in 2008, their third duel resulting in a controversial decision for Pacquiao and the KO win for Marquez in the fourth encounter) and lost to Mayweather in 2009.


Meanwhile, British boxer Amir Khan, in a report by Inquirer.net said, "The thing is when they were both at their peak – which was six years ago – this fight was talked about then and it should have happened then.”

“That’s when it would have been a great fight because they were both explosive. They were both at their peak and the fight would have been massive. They both seemed unbeatable back then.

“Six years later Manny Pacquiao has had two defeats and been knocked out. Mayweather has had some good fights but he is getting old and he’s showing signs of ageing now. He is getting caught a lot more frequently,” the 28-year-old Khan added.

Khan is itching to fight either of the two boxers.

After so much talk in the past and after so many controversies, the world will finally see the much-awaited Mayweather versus Pacquiao fight at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Filipino boxers also weighed in on the upcoming duel, among them retired two-division world champion Gerry PeƱalosa, former holder of the WBC super flyweight and the WBO bantamweight titles.

He told GMA News that the mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather may be six years late but people from all around the globe can still expect a highly competitive contest.

From training, styles and cornermen instructions come fight night, every detail should be meticulously studied and reviewed. Such preparation will require more than 100% in training camp, a grueling mental and physical demand that must be attended to so one fighter will emerge over the other, cited PeƱalosa.

Mayweather and Pacquiao may not be at their best but this is still going to be a fight boxing fans would like to see. Can Manny Pacquiao finally put a stain on Floyd's unbeaten record or will Mayweather escape the speed advantage that the Filipino boxer has?