Pacquiao targets Mayweather Pol Gen Kovid praises Filipino superstar

26 May 2009

Manny Pacquiao is backing Floyd Mayweather Jr to beat Juan Manuel Marquez on July 18 and then wants a match with the self-styled "Pretty Boy" to prove who is the best boxer in the world.

Pol General Kovid Bhakdibhumi presents Manny Pacquiao with an award at yesterday?s press conference. SOMCHAI POOMLARD

Pacquiao revealed his intentions yesterday in an exclusive interview with the Bangkok Post, ahead of a press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel.

The Filipino, who was in the Thai capital on a one-day promotional tour for San Miguel beer, believes Mayweather Jr will prove too much for the Mexican in their welterweight showdown.

"Mayweather has a lot of advantages," said the 30-year-old.

"He is faster than Marquez and should be able to win.

"If he does then I'd like to fight him, although that is down to my promotional team."

Pound-for-pound king Pacquiao said he was willing to take the match at any weight between 140-145lbs.

The former flyweight champion recently knocked out Britain's Ricky Hatton at light-welterweight (140lb) but went up to 145lb to defeat Oscar de la Hoya last December.

Pol General Kovid Bhakdibhumi, who is also a vice-president of the WBC, paid tribute to Pacquiao's achievements and presented him with an award.

"Manny Pacquiao is not just a hero of the Philippines, he is the hero of all Asia," said Pol Gen Kovid.

"He sets a very good example, both in and out of the ring, with the way he conducts himself."

Pacquiao said he hopes to return to Thailand for a longer stay in the future and had a special message for any young boxers dreaming of emulating him.

"They should stay focused, keep training as hard as they can and believe in God," he said.

Writtten by : JULIAN TURNER

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