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Holyfield: Pacquiao Has Nothing to Lose Against Mayweather

While speaking with The Detroit News last week, five-time heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, had some choice words for Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“What people don’t realize is that you are fortunate enough to have some tough fighters in your division,” Holyfield said while appearing as the grand marshal for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Carfax 400.  

According to Holyfield, it was shocking to him that two boxers regarded as the world’s top welterweights have had to wait this long to get into the ring together.

“In that fight somebody’s going to get the nod and somebody’s not, but you ought to be thankful to have the opportunity to match your skills with somebody,” he said.

Holyfield was also careful to point out that Pacquiao, a 7-division world champion, really has nothing to lose against Mayweather.

 “Of course (the fight) benefits Pacquiao more because if he loses nobody will think anything because he’s a nice guy,” Holyfield stated.

“But because Mayweather made things harder by his bragging, if he loses, it kind of puts him back real far and maybe make people think he's not as great as he says he is.”

There have been many arguments made for why this fight hasn't been made. Some say it's Mayweather's fault. Others tend to blame Pacquiao's camp. What do you think? Who is truly to blame for this fight not coming together? And further, will this fight ever happen?


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