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Liam Neeson: Klitschkos get too much respect, Mayweather scared of Pacquiao

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.

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