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MMA Crossfire – Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao? Evander Holyfield weighs in

When Evander Holyfield talks, people listen.

The 4-time world heavyweight boxing champion has the clout and the scars to comment on the upcoming Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao superfight, given his wars with warriors such as Roddick Bowe, “Iron” Mike Tyson, and George Foreman, and Lennox Lewis.

And of course, he will be at the fight, up close and personal.

Welcome back to The Crossfire.

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Holyfield is currently promoting his CHAMPS boxing documentary featuring the biographies of himself, Tyson and Bernard Hopkins. Previously released in theatres, it will home release to DVD May 12th.


For the record, Holyfield told The Crossfire he isn’t sure who will win. Asked what each fighter needs to do to win, he opened up.


“Their styles are so different. Mayweather is a classic boxer, who does a lot of potshots who doesn’t move as good as he used to. The thing is Pacquiao throws more punches, so if they do connect and if he can corner Mayweather, then Pacquiao will win on the scorecards.

Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather at the April 29th press conference. Courtesy John Locher Associated Press.

“If Mayweather has a problem with Pacquiao’s power then he is going to need to come back with some power to make Pacquiao respect him, but Pacquiao doesn’t fight that way. He’s always aggressive.

Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Rocach
Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach at the April 29th fight press conference. Courtesy John Locher Associated Press.

“I think either Floyd is either going to knock out Pacquiao to win or if it goes to twelve rounds, and Pacquiao threw more punches, then I think  Pacquiao is going to win. I can see Pacquiao throwing more punches.

Evander Holyfield
Evander Holyfield. Courtesy

But everytime someone fights Mayweather, somehow when they do catch him, they start getting hit and then they stop. They don’t get knocked out, but they don’t win either.

“Can Pacquiao handle Mayweather punches? If he’s able to do that  and throw a lot of punches then if it goes the distance, he should win.”


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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