KEY POINTS

  • Fakhreddine feels Pacquiao has two or three more fights left in him
  • Fakhreddine is impressed by Pacquiao’s speed and power at 42 years old
  • Fakhreddine predicts Pacquiao to win over Spence in their ring clash

Mohammad Fakhreddine, the current BRAVE CF middleweight champion, knows a thing or two about the sport of boxing.

It comes as no surprise that he is a big fan of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.

Like most, the 37-year-old feels that the upcoming August 21 fight of Pacquiao against Errol Spence Jr. will not be his last.

Regardless, Fakhreddine admits he is rooting for the 42-year-old legend all the way and believes it will boil down to a decision.

Fakhreddine weighed in on Manny Pacquiao when he appeared on the Sports Bytes PH podcast hosted by Brian Yalung and Rica Aquino

“It’s gonna be a tough fight, but I’m going with Pacquiao all the way,” Fakhreddine stated. “I think it’s going to be a decision.”

Beyond that, Fakhreddine believes Pacquiao has plenty left in the tank. He sees the Pinoy fistic sensation fighting at least two to three more times after his clash versus Spence.

“From what I have been watching, I don’t think that is going to be his last fight. Manny is a warrior. Manny is a beast. Win or lose this fight even though I don’t think he is going to lose this fight, I think he is going to fight maybe the or the more,” he said.

Though he is coming from a different combat sport, the Lebanese mixed martial artist explained why he respects boxing's only eight-division world champion.

“He is not fighting just any guys. He is fighting top competition as well. He is not protecting himself like Floyd [Mayweather] did. He is no picking fights. He is going after the younger guys. He is going after champions. I got mad respect for Manny. Manny is the man,” Fakhreddine stated.

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“Manny Pacquiao is a different animal. I love that guy. I am probably his No. 1 fan. I’ve been watching him since I was a kid. I love watching him fight. He is in his 40s, but he has not lost speed, hasn’t lost power, he hasn’t lost his reflexes. I don’t know what kind of life he’s living, but I hope that I’ll be like him at his age."

Fakhreddine recently saw action at BRAVE CF 52: Bad Blood in Milan Italy, aiming to become the promotion's only two-division champion.

Unfortunately, that dream fizzled when he lost to Mohamed Said Maalem via TKO in the first round.