Floyd Mayweather Sr believes that Manny Pacquiao is still being haunted by the savage knockout he suffered at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez.
A devastating right-hand in the sixth round of the 2012 fight saw Pacquiao rendered unconscious, throwing his future in the ring into doubt.
But Pacquiao bounced back with victories over Brandon Rios, Tim Bradley and Chris Algieri, setting up the big-money fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr at the MGM Grand on Saturday night.
Mayweather Sr, who rejoined his son’s corner after 13 years in 2013, believes that Pacquiao still has bad memories of that knockout blow and that the southpaw Filipino’s career is now on borrowed time.
He said: “Once you get hit like he did by Marquez and your ass goes to sleep, it won’t take too many more punches before it happens again. He’s gone.
“Anyone who has been in boxing long enough knows what I’m talking about. I don’t know what round it will happen in, but when he gets hit like that again, it will happen again. Simple.”
Mayweather Sr was his normal eccentric self when he addressed the media just two days before the Las Vegas superfight, which could be worth more than $400million, making it by far the richest fight in the history of the sport.
When asked which of Pacquiao’s 57 wins was his best performance, he replied: “When he got stretched out by Marquez.”
Disputes are brewing between Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach and Mayweather Sr, as Roach asked why the Mayweather camp had missed the deadline to submit their boxer’s fight gloves to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The Cleto Reyes worn by Pacquiao have been given the all-clear but Roach is concerned that he has yet to examine the gloves Mayweather will be wearing. Mayweather Sr gave a theatrical response.
“Scary! I don’t think the gloves are an issue because Manny can put on the same kind of gloves that Floyd will be wearing. That ain’t nothing but fear,” he said.
“Freddie Roach the joke-coach-Roach. I keep telling you. Freddie has been saying for years that we’re scared of Manny. Now you’ll see.
“To be honest with you, I don’t think it’s going to be much of a fight. The fight is already won. Trust me.
“They keep talking about how scared Floyd is and how scared he has been for the last five years, but they’re scared. Floyd would whoop Manny any time of any day of any year.”
Pacquiao’s corner can be chaotic in between rounds with Roach admitting the emotion of the Filipino’s assistants often proves difficult to keep in check.
“Buboy [Fernandez, Pacquiao’s second] is supposed to repeat what I say in Philippine,” said Roach.
“But I’m not sure that’s what happens sometimes, because he talks a lot longer than I do.
“When Manny was fighting Miguel Cotto, he was getting hit on the ropes and Buboy started crying.