CHICAGO--Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis told me late Saturday night that he thinks that Manny Pacquiao can beat undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Lewis, working as a fight analyst for HBO on the Juan Diaz-Paulie Malignaggi main event at the University of Illinois, Chicago, made it sound as though he expects Money May to remain undefeated when the two little titans tangle, hopefully on March 13.
"I'd say that Manny is one of two guys who have a chance to beat Floyd," the dreadlocked Lewis said. "It's him and Shane Mosley, I can't think of anybody else who could even possibly beat Mayweather."
Lewis then said that Mayweather's strengths are the obvious ones, amazing hand and foot speed and an overall defense which seems impenetrable.
"It is amazing how fast Mayweather is, it really is," Lewis said.
"It should be a great thing for boxing when he and Pacquiao fight."
Hall Of Famer Lewis was born in England, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and campaigned as a professional fighter out of London after winning an Olympic gold medal for Canada in 1988.
Lewis ran up a 41-2-1 record with 32 KOs.