By Edward Chaykovsky
Veteran trainer Naazim Richardson sees Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao as a fight that is too close to call. When Pacquiao was demolishing the competition several years ago, Naazim was convinced the Filipino boxer would have won it big. Later on, he began to switch over and tabbed Mayweather as the winner.
Now that both fighters are getting older and appear to be slowing down with victories that are less dominating and less spectacular, Naazim can't pick a clear winner.
"Right about now, this is the closest I can call it with this last one. There was a time that I thought early when they first started talking about the fight, I thought Pacquiao would have won. I really think Pacquiao would have won, and I thought he would have won going away," Richardson told On The Ropes Boxing Radio. "Later on as time went on, I thought Mayweather would have won, but now we’re at a point where I couldn’t really tell, I ain’t even thought about them two fighting each other like that any more.
"Now Floyd’s getting a little older and Pacquiao’s gotten a little older, there ain’t no telling where it goes now, I haven’t given it any real energy now. I’m a fan of both of them guys and I appreciate both of them and I appreciate what they’ve have done for our sport."