"The Ward and Kovalev rematch is great and it's great for boxing because you have the two best fighters in that weight class ready to face off again," stated world-class trainer Jeff Mayweather, who shared his thoughts on the highly-anticipated rematch between light heavyweight king Andre Ward and former champion Sergey Kovalev. According to Mayweather, there was no clear winner in their first encounter, so the rematch will determine who really is the best fighter at 175 pounds, but not the best fighter pound-for-pound.
"The first fight, to me, was a draw, so to me, nobody won the first fight. So whoever wins this one will basically be getting their hand raised for the first time for real. I think in the first fight, Kovalev felt like he had the fight won after the knockdown or something, I don't know, but he took his foot off of the gas," Mayweather explained during a recent conversation with FightHype.com. "He wasn't trying to go for the knockout, he wasn't going for broke. It was like, 'I'm winning!' Really? Andre fought smart and he just started winning rounds, round after round after round."
The first time Ward and Kovalev fought, the outcome was supposed to determine the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. According to Mayweather, however, there's another fighter who has already displayed the skill set to lay claim to the mythical title. "I think Lomachenko, with his skill set, should be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world right now. I'm basing that solely off of his skill set because that guy has fun in the ring. He makes it look so easy," Mayweather added.
Before concluding the conversation, he also shared his thoughts on this weekend's welterweight title eliminator between former champions Andre Berto and Shawn Porter. "The Berto and Porter fight, I think that's an excellent fight. Both guys are muscular (laughing). It's going to look like two bodybuilders in there. But both guys can fight and I think that their skill set is probably about equal, to me. Berto may be a little bit of a better boxer fluidly, but at the same time, their skill set is about as equal as they can be, to me," he added.
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