"Man, Marquez is an old fighter. I like him as a fighter, but Marquez won't put up the same fight this time around against Pacquiao," stated world-class trainer Floyd Mayweather sr., who shared his thoughts on the long-awaited third fight between pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao and lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Never hesitant to share his opinion, Mayweather Sr. was quick to point out that Marquez is no longer the same fighter he once was over three years ago when the two men faced each other for the second time. "He's 37 years old and Marquez has a lot of wear and tear on him and it's showed in his last couple of fights. Hell, he didn't win one second of a round against my son and people still think he's going to give Pacquiao a tough fight, so what does that tell you if my son was to fight Pacquiao?"
Recalling their first two encounters, Mayweather Sr. thought the technical skills displayed by Marquez should have been enough to at least earn him the victory the second time around. "If you want my honest opinion, I thought Marquez beat Pacquiao in the second fight and a lot of people thought he won the first fight, but I could see that one being a draw because Pacquiao started off so hot," Mayweather Sr. continued. "But that second fight...he won that fight man."
As for the third time around, Mayweather Sr. is of the opinion that the higher weight will once again prove to be a major factor working against the lightweight champion, who just might end up being knocked out for the first time in his illustrious career. "Pacquiao may stop him this time. He's old, man. They haven't fought each other in over 3 years man and it's clear which fighter is the more damaged since they last fought. He's almost tailor made for Pacquiao right now," he added. "But you never know, he may still give him fits. I just don't see it; not at 144 pounds."