“The Greatest” has spoken and he picked Manny Pacquiao to win over Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The legendary Muhammad Ali is siding with the eight-division champion from the Philippines, according to his daughter Rasheda Ali.
“My dad is Team Pacquiao all the way!” Rasheda Ali told TMZ. “My dad really likes Manny. He’s a huge fan of his.”
She said Ali and Pacquiao have been friends for years. The two met when the Filipino superstar attended Ali’s 70th birthday party in 2012.
According to Rasheda, her father is most impressed about how Pacquiao conducts himself outside the ring.
“He knows Manny’s a great fighter … but it’s more about what he does outside the ring. He’s such a charitable person,” said Rasheda.
Ironically, it is Mayweather who has been emulating Ali’s flamboyant personality.
“My dad stood for things. Mayweather … I don’t think there’s a comparison,” said Rasheda.
Ali would have wanted to watch the super fight live, but the 73-year-old boxing legend is suffering from Parkinson’s disease and won’t be able to handle the stress and the crowds at the MGM Grand Arena.
Rasheda said her father will have to settle watching the fight on pay-per-view.
“There’s no question he’s going to order it. It takes my dad way back to when he was fighting,” she said.
Ali’s other daughter Laila Ali, however, earlier predicted that Mayweather will beat Pacquiao.
Laila, a retired boxer, said the talent of the undefeated American will be too much for the Filipino superstar.
“I’ll probably go with Mayweather because he is a skilled fighter. He is a superior talent,” Laila told Boxing Scene. “Pacquiao is a great fighter, but I always go with skills over just being a brawler like Pacquiao.”