Reckless means 'entertaining' for Pacquiao

Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:35pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

HOLLYWOOD, California (Reuters) - Appearing relaxed and confident, Manny Pacquaio embraced suggestions he was "a reckless fighter" when he held a workout for the media on Wednesday ahead of his heavily anticipated fight against Floyd Mayweather.

The May 2 showdown in Las Vegas between the two biggest drawcards of their generation has been more than five years in the making and Pacquiao also expressed hope that the defense-minded Mayweather would show more aggression in the ring.

On Tuesday at his boxing club in Las Vegas, American Mayweather described Pacquiao as "a very, very reckless fighter" who left himself open to punches, and the Filipino southpaw was happy to agree.

"A reckless fighter, that's why people like me and love me because they like exciting fights," Pacquiao smiled as he spoke to reporters at the Wild Card Boxing Club.

"My first concern every fight that I have is: how can I entertain people and give them enjoyment and make them happy?

"Boxing is my passion. I am enjoying this and giving all of them in my country an exciting fight for my fans. Of course, for doing that there is a price."

Mayweather has a perfect record of 47-0 with 26 knockouts and Pacquiao would love to see his opponent abandon his usually cautious boxing style early on in the fight.

"If he does that, it's good for me," said the Filipino, an eight-division world champion. "I like that, and that's definitely the plan I want -- action."   Continued...

Mar 11, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Manny Pacquiao during a press conference to announce his fight with Floyd Mayweather fight on May 2, 2015 at Los Angeles. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports