As a boxing fan, Evander Holyfield is happy the long-anticipated Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight at last seems to be a reality. So much so that he plans to be in Las Vegas for the big event May 2.
"I don't know who's going to win; that's the reason I'm going to see it," the four-time heavyweight champion said Tuesday night at an event to celebrate Delta Air Lines' partnership with Madison Square Garden. "If I had to pay, I would pay to see that fight, because that's how great that fight will be."
Holyfield, 52, said he has no resentment over the record-breaking money the fight - and fighters - likely will make.
"I realize Ali, Frazier, Larry Holmes and all these great fighters, they made a little bit of money compared to how much money I made," he said. "So how do I now say, 'Man, how in the world do they get this money?' Each generation, you have more people watching and people wanting to see it. This is the reason they make the money."
Still, Holyfield would not mind seeing a piece of that sort of revenue. He last fought in 2011 but appears to be in good shape - "I feel great," he said - and left open the door for a return to the ring, under the right circumstances.
"You give me 100 million dollars like that, I could fight somebody," he said, laughing.
Does Holyfield have a pick for the fight?
"I think it's a toss-up, because their styles are just that different," he said. "Pacquiao, the only way he can win is if he corners him off. Can he corner him off? If he corners him off, I think he will win. But the point is, can you corner him off? I don't think he can. But that's what makes the fight so interesting.
"He's got to always take chances. The only way you're going to beat Mayweather is if he takes some chances."
Holyfield praised Mayweather for being a savvy businessman, including how he has made extra money by stretching out the wait for the fight against Pacquiao. But Holyfield did note that he was more apt consistently to face top competition over his career than Mayweather has been in his.
"I won each belt in a weight division and became the very best in that weight division," he said. "I didn't choose which fighter I was going to fight . . . When my career would be over I wanted them to say: 'He played by the rules and he won by the rules, and that's it.'
"My reputation is what it is. I was a warrior. I'm the 'Real Deal.' I wasn't afraid to fight anybody."