Local hero Paul Ingle is backing Manny Pacquiao to produce an upset and beat Floyd Mayweather in boxing’s richest bout on Saturday.
Ingle, who won the IBF and IBO world titles during a glitering career, is a huge fan of the unbeaten Mayweather, but thinks Manny Pacquiao’s style will cause him some problems.
Ingle said: “I think Mayweather has more power, but I am backing Pacquiao to do it.
“I’m a massive Mayweather fan and I think he’d have won the fight five years ago, but maybe not now.
“If it goes to points, I can’t see him winning it.
“Styles make fights and I can just see Pacquiao having the style to beat him.
“If Mayweather is going to win the fight, it’ll be in the first six.”
Ingle is expecting the highly-anticipated fight to live up to expectations and entertain.
He added: “It’ll be a good fight.
“They’ve left it too late as it would’ve been even better a few years back, but they’re both still top fighters and I’m expecting an exciting fight.”
Ingle’s former sparring partner and son of his former trainer Steve, Sonny Pollard, also thinks Pacquiao can pull of an upset.
Pollard said: “Im going for Pacquiao.
“I think his speed and stance will give Floyd problems and Roach (trainer Freddie Roach) will have the tactics bang on.
“I also think there are personality clashes with Mayweather’s trainers, Roger and Floyd Snr.”
Paul Zanon, the author of Ingle’s imminent autobiography ‘The Yorkshire Hunter’, is backing Mayweather to win.
Zanon said: “My head says Mayweather, my heart says Manny.
“Floyd’s footwork is always immaculate and he lives the life of a boxer immaculately.
“Manny has strayed a few times and while I’d love to see him cause an upset stoppage, I can only see a close points win for Floyd.”
Another former Ingle sparring partner and Westway ABC coach George Rhodes Snr is expecting Mayweather to notch up another win.
Rhodes Snr, who is training Scarborough’s latest professional featherweight Shaun Ireland, said: “I think it’s a case of do you go with your head or your heart on this one?
“I would love to see Pacquiao win, he is a humble man and I think he would be the same man whether he won or lost this fight.
“If Mayweather loses, would he be able to take it?
“Mayweather has managed to control everything in his career for many years now. Who he fights, where they fight, what weight they fight at and more.
“Maybe this time he has bitten off more than he can chew.
“The only way Pacquiao can win this fight is with a superior work-rate, and I’m not sure he’ll have that in him anymore.
“I’m going for a Mayweather win on points, and I’m sure it’ll be a terrific fight.”
MAYWEATHER PACQUIAO PREDICTIONS:
“I reckon Mayweather will win by KO in round six or take a boring points win.
Either way I am 100 per cent backing Mayweather to win.”
Professional fighter Shaun Ireland
“Manny’s best chance will come in the early rounds as it sometimes takes Floyd a couple of rounds to adjust. I’m backing Floyd to weather an early storm and win through on points.”
Sports reporter Daniel Gregory
“I think Floyd Mayweather will make easy work of Manny Pacquiao.
He will make it look easy.”
Former professional cruiserweight Danny Price
“Floyd will be too big and too clever for Manny. He’s more established at welterweight. Three or fours years ago Manny looked destructive, but I can’t see him winning this one.”
Professional prospect George Rhodes Jnr
“In 2009 or 2015, the result is exactly the same. Mayweather via a near shutout. It’s seven years since Manny looked like a killer, and I just don’t see where Floyd loses this.”
Scarborough News reporter Ian Johnson