31 August 2011
By: Phil D. Jay
Legendary trainer sees Mayweather and Pacquiao in trouble
Angelo Dundee, the former trainer of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard amongst others, has chosen Juan Manuel Marquez and Victor Ortiz to pull off shock victories in their respective bouts against the world’s two premier fighters Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Dundee, who turned 90 yesterday, chatted to Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com yesterday and also explained his view on a potential clash between Mayweather and Pacquiao themselves if the two welterweights can agree on a future meeting.
"Tough fight,” pondered Dundee.
“ But if I had a fighter to choose to fight against Mayweather, it would be one who fights like Ortiz. Result? Tough split-decision but Ortiz may be the winner.
"Marquez will give Pacquiao a tough fight every day that they're alive. Another tough fight, like I said. Probably Pacquiao's toughest fight, because Marquez is a guy who knows how to fight him. Decision split – Marquez," he added.
Dundee then gave his view on a Mayweather v Pacquiao bout: "Mayweather wins. I just don't know why Mayweather's not fighting him," said Dundee. "He walks around saying that he's the best fighter in the world? Well, fight the sucker. I think that he beats Pacquiao."
The Bookmakers don’t seem to agree with the hall of famer trainer and have Pacquiao at 1/10 and Mayweather at 1/8 to come out on top in their 147lb title bouts.
Hmm... what predictions by the great Angelo Dundee. To me, his choices - other than a likely Mayweather victory over Pacquiao - sort of go against all I think I know, and indeed against smart money, but... what do I know? Not being an escapist though as anything is possible in boxing. Bottom line: I've always favored Mayweather over Ortiz/Pacquiao; and Pacquiao over Marquez/Ortiz, again based on the totality of what I've seen and think I know.