Manny Pacquiao maintains that the eagerly anticipated May 2 fight against Floyd Mayweather instills no fear in him.
In fact, the eight-division world champions is convinced that he will end the American’s 47-fight winning run, and that he was more worried ahead of his fights against Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto.
The Filipino legend was the underdog ahead of his 2008 clash with De La Hoya in Las Vegas, but was a resounding victor following eight one-sided rounds that forced the six-weight champion into retirement.
Following a two-round decimation of Ricky Hatton, Pacquiao put the Puerto Rican on the canvas twice before dropping him in the 12th to win his seventh world title.
"In my heart and in my mind, I was more worried when I fought De La Hoya and Cotto than this fight," the WBO welterweight champion told ESPN on Friday.
"Floyd has good hand speed but his legs are not that fast anymore. I have quick hand speed and good footwork. That's my advantage.
"I really wanted this fight. To prove that I'm here, Manny Pacquiao, that can easily beat the undefeated.
"Beating Floyd Mayweather is good for boxing. A lot of athletes, when they have success in life, the success goes to their head."