Manny Pacquiao: UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would defeat Floyd Mayweather

The build-up continues for 2 May super-fight

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Manny Pacquiao has taunted Floyd Mayweather ahead of their hotly-anticipated clash on 2 May by saying UFC women's bantamweight champion "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey would defeat him.

Speaking to ESPN, Pacquiao said: "She's strong. She's strong enough to beat Floyd Mayweather in MMA."

Mayweather and Pacquiao met for the only time before fight week ahead of the richest fight in boxing history in a press conference last night, with the unbeaten Mayweather starting the mind-games with Pacquiao, saying "losses stay in your mind".

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Pacquiao, 36,  has lost five times in 57 fights. Mayweather, 38, has yet to taste defeat in his 47 bouts.

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"When you lose [it stays] in your mind," Mayweather told the Los Angeles crowd at their press conference. "You lose once it stays in your mind, you lose twice it stays in your mind. I always wanted to be a winner."

The combined purse for the bout is expected to top $300m (£201m).