Foreman: A loss to Pacquiao could devastate Floyd

MANILA, Philippines – If Manny Pacquiao wins against Floyd Mayweather Jr., the loss will be particularly devastating for the unbeaten American boxer.

Just ask boxing great George Foreman, who was 40-0 before getting hit by Muhammad Ali with a crushing stoppage during their ''Rumble in the Jungle'' in 1974.

"I was in that position when I lost to Muhammad Ali," Foreman told Yahoo! Sports.

"It wasn’t like I lost the title. You lose your perspective of who you are as a human being. This could really knock him out.”

Foreman earlier predicted that Pacquiao will win a very close match against Mayweather in the May 2 mega bout.

The former heavyweight champion believes the Filipino boxer will bank on a furious start and try to knock Mayweather out. He thinks the American will rally in the latter rounds, but will come up short.

"I think Pacquiao to win six rounds, the seventh will be kind of even. Mayweather will come on in the last rounds but it will be too late. The fight will be won by a single round," Foreman said.

When that happens, Foreman said, Mayweather is expected to isolate himself and do some soul-searching.

''That's why I don't think there can easily be a rematch if Mayweather loses because you have to go out into the mountains somewhere, the hills somewhere, to try to find himself all over again,'' he said.

''This could devastate him as a boxer. Not as a man, but as a boxer. This could devastate him, a loss.''

Mayweather has never been beaten in 47 fights, while Pacquiao is already a veteran of 57 wins, 5 defeats and 2 draws.

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao

Enjoyed a strong first day of sparring Tuesday in preparation for his May 2 showdown with unbeaten US rival Floyd Mayweather.
Pacquiao's workout at the Wild Card Gym included five hard rounds with a pair of sparring partners. It pleased trainer Freddie Roach as well as the Asian legend, who was anxious to start swinging his fists at foes following nearly two weeks of other training.

"After 13 days of strength and conditioning and boxing drills at Wild Card plus weeks more of working out in the Philippines in February, it was great to finally put on the headgear and spar," Pacquiao said.

"My sparring partners gave me good work today. They were perfect for testing the strategy Freddie and I have developed to beat Floyd Mayweather. I was very happy with my stamina and speed."

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Roach was especially pleased with Pacquiao's form considering he had not been inside the ropes since defeating Chris Algieri last November in Macau.
"Manny looked so fresh today. I'm very happy with what he showed me," Roach said. "You couldn't tell he had been away from the ring since the Algieri fight in November. Manny is on fire in the gym."
Pacquiao, a two-term Congressman from Sarangani province in the Philippines, is 57-5 with two drawn and 38 knockouts while Mayweather is 47-0 with 26 knockouts entering their Las Vegas matchup, a fight fans have been wanting to see for more than five years.
The much-anticipated showdown for the pound-for-pound global bragging rights is expected to break boxing revenue records.
Roach noted Pacquiao's sparring started on St Patrick's Day while US baseball teams were involved in pre-season spring training, making his confidence for the big fight clear.
"When Manny threw out the first punch it felt like opening day of Irish Spring Training," Roach joked. "I am confident May 2 will be celebrated for years to come as St Manny's Day -- the day he drove Mayweather out of boxing."

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