Pacquiao downplays Mayweather's height advantage

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao pose during their weigh-in on Friday, May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas. The world weltherweight title fight between Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao is scheduled for May 2. AP Photo/Chris Carlson

LAS VEGAS - Manny Pacquiao had a final chance to size up Floyd Mayweather Jr. at Friday's (Saturday in Manila) official weigh-in ceremony at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

He stressed that he can deal with Mayweather's almost two-inch height advantage.

The 5-foot-6.5 Pacquiao takes on the 5-foot-8 Mayweather today in boxing's richest fight ever, confident that he will be the first fighter to tarnish Mayweather's perfect record.

Pacquiao also expressed confidence that he can get past the undefeated American's edge in reach, with Mayweather enjoying a five-inch reach advantage over Pacquiao (72-67 inches, respectively).

After hurdling the scales - he weighed in two pounds under the welterweight limit of 147 pounds - and posing with Mayweather for the customary staredown, Pacquiao was asked by HBO analyst Max Kellerman about his thoughts on being the shorter fighter in Saturday's showdown.

"I'm used to fighting bigger guys like [Oscar] Dela Hoya, [Miguel] Cotto and Antonio [Margarito]," Pacquiao told responded.

Dela Hoya, Cotto and Margarito took bad beatings from Pacquiao, but they were come-forward fighters who pale in comparison to Mayweather in terms of boxing skills and slickness.

This time, Pacquiao is taking on another taller fighter, but one whose technical skills and ring brilliance are so far unparalleled.

Again, he isn't bothered  

"It [Mayweather's] height doesn't matter to me," Pacquiao said.

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