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Video: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao - The Legends Speak

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Boxing legends from decades past, as well as former opponents of both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao give their thoughts on next week's super showdown in Las Vegas.

We're less than a week away from Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao's gigantic boxing clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The promotional videos have been rolling out over the last several weeks, and here's another one for your viewing pleasure.

HBO's Jim Lampley interviewed the 5 past common opponents of Mayweather and Pacquiao. They are:

  • Oscar de la Hoya - Lost to Mayweather by split decision in 2007 and then to Pacquiao by corner stoppage RTD in 2008, which prompted his retirement. The Mayweather fight stands to date as the biggest pay-per-view of all-time at 2.4 million buys.
  • Shane Mosley - Lost to Mayweather in 2010 by unanimous decision and then to Pacquiao in 2011 by the same result.
  • Ricky Hatton - Knocked out in the 10th round by Mayweather in 2007 and then by Pacquiao in the 2nd round in 2009.
  • Miguel Cotto - Knocked out in the 12th round by Pacquiao in 2009 and then by unanimous decision to Mayweather in 2012.
  • Juan Manuel Marquez - Beaten by Mayweather in 2009 by unanimous decision and 1-2-1 vs. Pacquiao. Marquez rallied from 3 first round knockdowns to draw Pacquiao in 2004, then lost close decisions in 2008 and 2011 before his famous knockout win in 2012.

Fellow HBO commentator Max Kellerman also spoke to other boxing legends Bernard Hopkins, George Foreman, and Lennox Lewis, all of whom had highly anticipated bouts in their heyday. Hopkins was the first (and only) man to stop middleweight stalwart Felix Trinidad back in 2001, Foreman lost to Muhammad Ali in the "Rumble in the Jungle" back in 1974, and Lewis knocked out Mike Tyson in 2001 on a pay-per-view which featured both Mayweather and Pacquiao on the undercard, and was also the last time HBO and Showtime co-promoted a PPV prior to next Saturday's.

It's fascinating viewing for hardcore and casual boxing fans alike. You can watch the video at the top of the page and be sure to check out Bad Left Hook for more comprehensive boxing coverage.