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Fight Club: Murray, Federer on Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

Grand Slam gladiators Roger Federer and Andy Murray have had their share of on-court battles.

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The two champions offered differing views on boxing and the highly-hyped upcoming May 2nd mega-bout between undefeated Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

A die-hard fight fan, Murray knows the value of home-court advantage.

Five of his 31 career titles have come on British soil within driving distance of his London home.

The Scot believes Mayweather, who lives in Vegas and boosts the local economy when he fights, will enjoy the edge should the bout be decided on points.

"Well, it's a tough one to predict," Murray said with a smile. "I would say that Mayweather, for me, would be the favorite. I think he's a more consistent performer. And also in Vegas, that's his hometown. He's spoken a little bit about how much he means to the economy of the city. So, yeah, if it goes to the scorecards, I would think it would be tough for Pacquiao to win."

Federer, who didn't exactly sound like a man planning to drain the Rocky Balboa five-egg protein drink anytime soon, offered a visceral reaction to the sweet science.

"I'm not too crazy about boxing, to be quite honest. It's too brutal," said Federer, prompting laughter from the media.

Interestingly, one of the most graceful players to ever play the game said his interest began to wane when one of boxing's most brutal knock-out artists, Mike Tyson, retired.

"I stopped [following boxing] when [Mike] Tyson stopped kind of thing," Federer said. "That was for me the end. So I will try to follow this one. I don't have a preference necessarily... "Obviously it's a big hype around this match now, and for obvious reasons. I will try to follow it as well, even though I'm not crazy for it."

Andy met Manny in November when he traveled to Pacquiao's native Philippines to play in the inaugural IPTL season.

"He's a huge, huge star," Murray said of Pacquiao. "The whole  country pretty much stops when he fights. I obviously didn't get to know him well. I only spent five or ten minutes with him. It was a nice experience for me."
While Murray does not discount Pac Man, he said if he were gambling, he'd likely bet on Mayweather.

"I think Pacquiao has a very good chance of winning," Murray said. "If I was betting, I'd probably bet for Mayweather."

While he won't be ringside for the super fight, the man who snapped a 77-year British Wimbledon title drought will be watching the long-anticipated fight.

"The fight, that should be a great fight,a  great  spectacle," Murray said. "Everyone is talking about it. Everyone has been waiting, you know, for a few years for it to happen. I would have loved to have gone to watch it, but I'm going to be playing a tournament that week so I won't be able to, unfortunately."

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