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A-Rod picks Mayweather over Pacquiao by decision

Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks to the media prior

Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks to the media prior to his workout at Mayweather Boxing Gym on April 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Credit: Getty Images

Alex Rodriguez admits he is no boxing expert. Far from it.

But almost like everyone else on Earth, he has an opinion about the May 2 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

"My call -- which doesn't mean anything -- I would say Mayweather in a decision, 12 rounds," the Yankees DH/third baseman told host Wally Matthews of SiriusXM's boxing show, "Going the Distance."

Matthews, a former Newsday boxing writer and columnist who now covers the Yankees for the ESPN New York website, noted that Mayweather is a polarizing figure, much like Rodriguez.

So what does A-Rod think of him?

"Well, I think, first of all, he's a very smart businessman from my angle and it seems like anytime you bring eyeballs to boxing, that's good for boxing," Rodriguez said. "And the other thing that I see -- - again, I'm very, very limited in my knowledge about boxing -- but it looks like he's an expert and he works hard at his craft. And I can respect that."

The timing of the fight is favorable for A-Rod. The Yankees have a day game in Boston on May 2, then a night game May 3, so why not stay up late for the big bout?

"I’m certainly going to watch it," Rodriguez told Matthews. "I think anyone who likes anything about boxing is going to watch. It’s going to be an incredible show.”?

"Going the Distance" is heard Tuesday evenings on SiriusXM Sports Zone, Channel 92.


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