Many are calling tonight’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight the “fight of the century,” and it is indeed the most anticipated fight boxing has had in years. However, former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen says that he’s not excited, nor is he looking forward to tonight’s fight.
During Sonnen’s UFC tenure, he was the organization’s most polarizing figure and the company’s best hype man by far. Sonnen is never afraid to give his opinion or say something controversial to get a reaction from the fans. Earlier this morning, the UFC’s “American Gangster” gave a prediction for tonight’s big fight on his Facebook page, predicting that someone is going to sleep, and that someone will be him.
“After years of speculation and months of hype, I still don’t care. If you thought you waited a long time to see this fight, it’ll feel even longer to get a decision.
“And let’s be honest, when Pacquiao winds up to land that one punch that can knock out Mayweather, you could take a bathroom break, and get back to your seat before he’s landed it. This fight reminds me of the Kentucky Derby, if the favorite horse ran away from the other horses the entire time.
“You ever hear your father talk about how he used to be great at something, then you see him play and he’s just your dad and you want him to stop? That’s this fight.
“But you want a prediction and I won’t disappoint. During the fight, someone is going to sleep. Me.”
Floyd Mayweather isn’t exactly a knockout artist. His last fight that ended via KO was when he nailed Victor Ortiz with what many fans believed to be a cheap shot in the fourth round. If you want to find a Mayweather KO that fans didn’t consider to be a cheap shot, you have to go back to December 8, 2007, when he knocked out Ricky Hatton in the 10th round.
Many people believe that Manny Pacquiao hasn’t been the same since he was brutally knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in December of 2012. Pacquiao — who is unquestionably more of a knockout artist than Mayweather — hasn’t won by KO since November of 2009, when he defeated Miguel Cotto with just 55 seconds left in the twelfth and final round.
Sonnen could be onto something, as most of Mayweather’s fights never quite live up to the hype, and it seems that the main interest point in his fights is whether or not he’ll finally lose. Manny Pacquiao has the best shot out of anybody that Mayweather has fought to give Floyd his first career loss, and tonight’s the night that boxing fans all over the world will finally be able to see if Pacquiao can do just that.
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