Big fight rivals go head to head


Published: Thursday 12th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao went head to head for the first and only time prior to their May 2 Las Vegas super-fight at a press conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The pair made brief, business-like statements at a glitzy ceremony which made official a bout which is set to be the richest in boxing history, with an estimated shared purse of USD250,000,000 (£167.4million).

According to Mayweather’s chief adviser Leonard Ellerbe, tickets for the MGM Grand showdown – very few if any of which are expected to made public – will range in price from between USD1500 and USD7500.

And, with the contest clearly so easy to sell to an expectant worldwide audience there will no pre-fight press tour – with the fighters not expected to meet again until the usual fight week preparations.

Mayweather, who will take a proud 47-fight unbeaten record into the ring, said: “This is a fight that the world can’t miss. I’m in the gym working and dedicating myself to the sport because I have never wanted to win a fight so bad in my life.

“May 2 is the fight of the century. It’s all about the best fighting the best and Pacquiao is one of the best fighters of this era. Everything is about timing and we couldn’t have chosen a better time.”

Although the general mood between the two fighters was one of respect, it did not take Mayweather long to allude to the fact that Pacquiao will go into the fight having lost two of his last five contests.

Mayweather said: “One thing I know about my sport – when you lose once it’s in your mind and when you lose twice it’s in your mind.

“From day one I was always taught to be a winner no matter what – to push yourself to the limit, to stay focused and be the best you can be.”

Some believe Mayweather has picked the right time to face Pacquiao after appearing reluctant in recent years primarily over drug-testing procedures.

The Filipino’s aura of invincibility was shattered when he was smashed to a sixth round knockout defeat by Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012, although he has since rebounded with three straight wins.

Pacquiao’s statement was brief and to the point, with the 36-year-old saying: “I believe this is what you have been waiting for for five years. Now the fight is on and both of us will do our best on May 2 to make you happy.”

Published: Thursday 12th March 2015 by The News Editor

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