For former light heavyweight contender and current trainer and ESPN boxing analyst John “Iceman” Scully, there is no better time to stage the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight than now. Iceman, who is well on his way to becoming a modern boxing historian, is currently training former IBF-IBO-WBC unified light heavyweight kingpin “Bad” Chad Dawson for his upcoming showdown with current WBC light heavyweight titlist Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins on October 15th, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Talking to this writer, Iceman pulled no punches as he explained why Mayweather needs to take on Pacquiao now.
Kenneth Ragpala: Hey Iceman! I hope everything is good down there.
John “Iceman” Scully: Hey Rag. Everything is fine here.
KR: Everybody wants the Mayweather to fight Pacquiao. But by the looks of it, seems like Mayweather does not want to share the ring with Pac.
Iceman: Mayweather HAS TO! Both guys cannot let go of this fight by any means.
KR: Pacquiao already agreed to Mayweather’s testing demands. What do you think will happen to Mayweather’s legacy if he won’t fight Pacquiao?
Iceman: Mayweather not fighting Pacquiao will have HUGE implications in his legacy. The question marks will haunt Mayweather forever. It would be like Sugar Ray Leonard not fighting Tommy Hearns or Oscar dela Hoya not fighting Tito Trinidad.
Iceman: Man, this fight needs to happen already. It’s time. No more hype is needed. It’s already going to be the biggest fight ever in terms of money.
KR: I agree on that one. But Sergio Martinez (the reigning WBC middleweight champion) says he is willing to go down to 150 just to have a shot at Pacquiao. Won’t that be a great fight instead?
Iceman: I don’t like it for him (Martinez). That’s a tough thing to lose that much weight and fight someone who’s at home as a welter. It may seem easy when you bring the idea up but then when you actually try and do it, you realize it isn’t as easy as you thought it would be.
KR: Fair point there. Pacquiao will be fighting Juan Manuel Marquez for the third time in November. What are your thoughts on that match up?
Iceman: Pacquiao will be too big and too explosive for Marquez to handle. Honestly, I feel that this fight is more of a marketing tool than anything. It’s a different day. Pacquiao made the jump in weight and Marquez does not appear to be built for it in the same way. Pacquiao is just too fast and too strong and he is in a much better place mentally right now.
KR: What’s your prediction for that fight?
Iceman: I would say that Marquez is shifty enough to maintain some distance between them. But Pacquiao will sort of overwhelm him. Maybe a corner stoppage.
KR: Say Pacquiao gets past Marquez, and Mayweather still don’t want to fight him, who do you think would be the best replacements for both fighters?
Iceman: I couldn’t care less. For Mayweather, it’s Pacquiao or bust. Same goes for Pacquiao.
Photo credits: Inside Boxing (bottom right)