Opinion | Apr 13 2015

Accomplished referee Mickey Vann makes his case for Manny Pacquiao

Veteran official believes Pacquiao's ability to 'dig deep' can shock Floyd Mayweather
Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley 3
Pacquiao-Bradley  |  Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports/Action Images

THE question on everyone’s lips these days, and the one I get asked daily, is who is going to win Pac Man or Moneybags?

I go for Manny Pacquiao, but I am not certain enough to put any money on it. I just have that old fashioned feeling about the Filipino. He knows how to dig deep, has that raw doggedness inside of him, and along with a large amount of boxing ability, he knows how it feels to win and lose. Consequently, Las Vegas holds no fears for him but maybe the selection of the four officials will – considering Manny is the ‘away’ fighter – so I expect him to go that extra mile.

Floyd Mayweather, meanwhile, will have no problem with Vegas because it’s his home, he will have no problem with the officials, the referee will be local as that is a rule in Nevada, and he will be confident about his outstanding boxing ability.

 

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