Manny Pacquiao’s Hope for Mayweather Fight: Beat him, Then Study Bible Together

Manny Pacquiao trains for his May 2 fight against Floyd Mayweather at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown,, AFP/Getty Images)
Manny Pacquiao trains for his May 2 fight against Floyd Mayweather at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif.
(Photo: Frederic J. Brown,, AFP/Getty Images)

Is this a little good-cop-bad-cop psychological ploy coming out of the Manny Pacquiao camp?

For weeks leading up to the May 2 mega fight between Pacquiao and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao’s outspoken trainer Freddie Roach has been telling a story that his fighter has a deep dislike for Mayweather, stemming from Mayweather’s history of domestic violence.

Roach has called the fight “good versus evil.”

But Wednesday, on a day Pacquiao invited the media for a fresh batch of interviews at his training headquarters at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, the Filipino congressman and eight-division world boxing champion said he wanted to pummel Mayweather in the ring and then have a Bible study with him after the fight.

“I just want to send this message to him – nothing personal,” the soft-spoken Pacquiao said. “We’re just doing our jobs. And after the fight, if I could talk to him, I want to share the gospel of God. I want to share with him about God, why we need God.”

Pacquiao appeared in a serene and satisfied mood, saying that his training has gone well, that he’s confident he will beat Mayweather and that he has no reason to distrust Las Vegas judges if the fight, in Mayweather’s hometown, comes down to scorecards.

Promoter Bob Arum compared the confidence he sees in Pacquiao as similar to when a much-younger Pacquiao was taking on Oscar De La Hoya in 2008.

At that time, Pacquiao had fought only one fight over 130 pounds, while De La Hoya was a former welterweight (147-pound limit) champion.

“People thought Manny was going to get killed,” Arum said. “I ended up spending the promotion of the fight defending myself. People were saying, ‘You money-hungry son of a gun, you’re putting him in this fight to get killed.’

“It’s impossible to defend yourself. But I knew that Manny felt not only was he competitive with Oscar, but he would beat Oscar. He was telling me all along, ‘Bob, don’t worry. I’m going to come through for you. You’re not going to be embarrassed. I’m going to beat him.'”

He did, soundly.

“And that’s what he’s saying now,” Arum said. “That’s what I’m getting from him now.”

Roach is seeing a couple of things he hasn’t seen before from Pacquiao.

“Manny’s attitude is really, really different for this fight,” Roach said. “I’ve never seen him work this hard. He’s really looking good. I’m really happy where he’s at.”

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SOURCE: USA Today – David Leon Moore

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