Liam Neeson gives some thoughts on current boxing stars, Muhammad Ali and boxing movie roles.
ESPN talked to actor Liam Neesonahead of the release of Taken 2 and much of the discussion centered on boxing, a sport of which Neeson is a fan. But the two most interesting quotes from the interview were his opinions on the Klitschko brothers and Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. There's also a pretty touching story about Neeson and his boxing idol, Muhammad Ali.
Neeson's opinions on boxing certainly aren't of massive importance, but it's always interesting to see celebrities speak from a somewhat educated perspective about boxing in public.
On if the Klitschkos get too much respect:
I think they get too much respect. I admire them, but they are stiff. They are big, stiff guys. I think it would be interesting to see them against someone like a Joe Frazier or even someone like Ken Norton. There were just hungrier fighters in those days. But I do admire them. I think they're good, but I don't think they are ever going to be on boxing's greatest list.
On what boxers he most enjoys watching:
[Manny] Pacquiao is still amazing. He's getting a little bit older, but in the championship rounds from 9 to 12 he just gets stronger and stronger and stronger. That's the sign of a great champion. I think Floyd Mayweather Jr. is terrific. I think he's scared of Pacquaio, though. I don't think it's about money. I don't mean he is scared, like terrified of his life, but I think he thinks he can see in Pacquiao someone that could beat him.
Liam also said that he'd pay "any amount of money" to be at a potential Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight.