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Gerry Cooney picks Floyd Mayweather Jr. to beat Manny Pacquiao

Retired heavyweight boxer Gerry Cooney smiles from his

Retired heavyweight boxer Gerry Cooney smiles from his courtside seat during the first half of an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Credit: AP

Gerry Cooney, 58, still boxes to stay fit and raise money for charitable causes, and he is confident that if he were given a crack at Floyd Mayweather Jr., "I would kick his butt, bro. I'm a heavyweight."

Instead, Manny Pacquiao will get that chance May 2 in Las Vegas.

What does Cooney, a Whitman High School alum, former title contender and SiriusXM Satellite Radio host and analyst, believe will happen?

"I'm a Manny Pacquiao fan, but I don't think he can win," Cooney said. "I think Mayweather is too good.

"Freddie Roach is a great seven-time or eight-time trainer of the year. If Manny Pacquiao can do it, he can do it with this guy.

"But they have to put a lot of pressure on Mayweather, six through 12, and you can beat him, just like [Marcos] Maidana almost did.

"But I think that Mayweather has a way of lulling you to sleep and working that jab and he steals those last rounds and wins the fight."

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