Bernard Hopkins Believes The African American Fighting Style Can Beat Pacquiao

In an interview conducted by Lem Satterfield of, Bernard Hopkins, said Jr. Middleweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao hasn’t fought any top-notch African American fighters and he believes that Floyd Mayweather Jr. would beat the Filipino Phenom because of his style. Many boxing fans have shared the same complaint that Manny Pacquiao fights mainly come forward fighters with no speed like Antonio Margarito.

“Floyd Mayweather would beat Manny Pacquiao because the styles that African-American fighters — and I mean, black fighters from the streets or the inner cities — would be successful,” said Hopkins to “I think Floyd Mayweather would pot-shot Pacquiao and bust him up in between the four-to-five punches that Pacquiao throws and then set him up later on down the line.”

Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, agreed that Manny hasn’t fought any African American fighters, but that doesn’t mean Manny is scared or ducking those fighters. Arum is planning on making a fight with either Floyd Mayweather Jr., Shane Mosley, or the winner of the Timothy Bradley vs. Devon Alexander fight, all fighters are African American and have speed of hand and foot.

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has expressed having Manny Pacquiao fight 6 foot 3 African American fighter Paul “The Punisher” Williams, who fights this Saturday against Sergio Martinez on HBO, if Williams can make the 147-pound Welterweight limit.

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