They’ve called it the Fight of the Century. The most anticipated bout since Mike Tyson was biting ears and lifting belts. Five years in the making, we’re finally here: Floyd Mayweather will defend his undefeated resume against Manny Pacquiao tomorrow night in Las Vegas. For the next 36 hours, the world holds its breath, waiting to see if the buildup will all be worth it. All that’s left now is the ringing of the bell.
Hip-hop’s connection to boxing is extensive and deep, with Mayweather in particular closely associated with 50 Cent, Diddy, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Birdman and more over the years. So as the world waits for Mayweather-Pacquiao, we asked 18 rappers to weigh in with their predictions for who will take the title tomorrow night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Mayweather without a doubt. I’ve been with the Mayweather family since day one and it’s a family bond. They ain’t gonna let that boy lose.
Man, I don’t wanna tell you nothing that’s gonna shit on either of them. I don’t wanna say Mayweather, man, because they both training hard. This is gonna be the Fight of the Century. I’m gonna say it’s gonna be a draw, because there’s gonna be another fight after that so there’s more money. [Laughs]
Pacquiao dead. Man, you know Mayweather gonna slap that man around, come on, son. [Laughs] I don’t think Pacquiao’s ready for Mayweather. He can’t hit Mayweather, it’s just hard to hit him. He’s movin’ real fast and he’s responding even faster. I mean, that one fight when they had [Pacquiao] laid out on everyone’s Instagram, you know that Pacquiao is knock-out-able. I haven’t seen Mayweather in that condition, in that state. I’ve seen him shook up maybe three times, four times, from a punch. Out of all them fights and he only been shook up like three times and didn’t go down? Come on, man.
Mayweather. I’ve been on a boxing streak lately. I’ve been watching a lot of old Ali fights and stuff like that. It inspires me a lot because he just talks that talk. It’s motivational. I’ve been watching [Ali fights] so much. I need to meet him.
Mayweather never lost a fight. Super conditioned, don’t drink or smoke. Experience and confidence.
I think Mayweather. I just think Mayweather is still one of the hardest guys to beat in the game, you know what I’m saying? It’s going to take an upset or a surprise to beat Mayweather.
Erick Arc Elliott from Flatbush Zombies
I wish the fight would’ve happened five years ago, but I got Mayweather winning. He’s the champ, hands down, and there is no one better than him.
Mayweather, so he can go down as a legend.
Mayweather all day. Just because he’s the man. Black Power.
I think Mayweather is going to lose on purpose to get some more money. That’s going to be a good-ass fight. I can’t call it. We’re just going to see a good-ass fight when it happens.
To be honest with you, I have to say Mayweather because the man never loses and he’s undefeated. So many people hate on him, but he always ends up winning, you know what I’m saying? You can’t hate on Mayweather.
I’m usually rooting for the underdog, but it’s all Mayweather. I think Pacquiao is gonna piss him off and bring the best out of Mayweather that we haven’t seen in a long time and Mayweather has more pride to lose than Pac’, in my opinion.
Mayweather, because he fights smart. He’s a smart fighter. If Pacquiao is swinging too hard, he knows how to maneuver, block. I think all the people that’s going for Pacquiao, they just wanna see Floyd lose. Floyd, he’s really a smart fighter. Pacquiao fights too wild. It might not be the greatest fight of the century because of that, but [Mayweather’s] going to win the fight.
Pacquiao, I’ve been a fan. Look, that man is a Mexican killer. That man beat every legendary Mexican. I don’t care if you don’t lose. If you don’t lose ’cause you don’t fight right, if you’re running the whole fight… I like my boxer to go in there and take one on the chin [and] then get one.
Stop it! Don’t you dare. [Laughs] Mayweather, no doubt about it. The greatest ever, ever. The greatest who ever did it.
You know I gotta go with my man Floyd. I don’t know if y’all familiar with my album from 1999, Immobilarity. And that year, 1999, was when I met Floyd Mayweather. This was when Floyd was 4-0… I have stories for days, I’ll tell you all kind of shit. But I seen a star being born. I seen this man’s success back then and just to see him now, 40 fights later… [I saw him recently in Vegas and] he was like, “You made me feel special [back then],” and I was like, “You was already special, man.”