Pacquiao celebrates ascent


Published: Thursday 30th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Manny Pacquiao has celebrated his ascension from his poverty-stricken origins in the Philippines to one combatant in the richest fight of all time.

For the first time in fight week, Pacquiao came face to face with Floyd Mayweather at Wednesday’s final press conference to discuss their seismic welterweight showdown in Las Vegas.

The traditional pre-fight ritual was notable for the mutual respect between the two fighters with born again Christian Pacquiao, who spoke first, using his presentation to thank God for enabling his rags to riches story.

“I used to sleep in the street, starving and hungry. I had nothing and was looking for food. I couldn’t imagine that the Lord raised me into this position and to this level of life,” he said.

“Everything that I accomplish has been given to me by God. I want to be an example and inspiration to everyone.

“I’m hoping that after the fight me and Floyd can have a conversation about God and share our faith. We need to inspire people, especially children who are looking up to us.

“I’d like everyone to witness a good fight. There are a lot of questions that only God can answer.”

Up to 200 camera crews were present in the KA Theatre at the MGM Grand, the venue for the clash which unfolds in the early hours of Sunday morning, to witness the fighters, trainers, promoters, sponsors and TV executives offer their thoughts on the event.

Last up to the dais was Mayweather, the favourite who is seeking to amass the 48th victory of a flawless career.

“It’s time to fight now. You guys came out here to see excitement and to see a great event. Excitement is what both competitors bring to the table,” Mayweather said.

“This is the biggest fight in boxing history and I’m a part of it, that’s the great thing. I’m truly blessed and feeling strong.”

Among the spectators at the press conference was Mike Tyson with the former undisputed world heavyweight champion predicting that Mayweather will struggle to live with Pacquiao’s work rate.

“I like Manny, he throws a lot of punches and Floyd is going to have to throw more than 38 punches a round with this guy,” Tyson said.

“Manny is going to be fast and elusive, moving from side to side. Floyd will have to bring his A plus game.”

The fight is expected to gross between £266million to £332million with Mayweather in line to earn £100million and Pacquiao in the region of £66million.

Published: Thursday 30th April 2015 by The News Editor

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