Pacquiao thanks Mayweather

Published: Saturday 2nd May 2015 by The News Editor

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Manny Pacquiao thanked Floyd Mayweather as the rivals faced off for the final time before clashing in their seismic welterweight showdown in Las Vegas.

A crowd of 10,000 gathered at the MGM’s Garden Arena on Friday to watch the two finest boxers of their generation weigh in, Mayweather scaling 146lbs and Pacquiao coming in at 145lbs.

When they met face to face on the centre of the stage, Pacquiao looked up at the taller American, smiled, nodded and delivered a message of gratitude.

“I said thank you. I said thank you from the fans that the fight will happen. All the fans deserve this fight,” Pacquiao said.

Mayweather, dressed in a navy blue ‘The Money Team’ tracksuit and a large black TMT baseball cap, insisted he was unaware of what Pacquiao was saying.

“I don’t know what he exactly said. No, I didn’t respond,” said Mayweather, who weighed in a pound under the welterweight limit.

It was Pacquiao’s arrival on to the stage that drew the biggest cheer of a glitzy ticket-only event and when the Filipino stripped off his hoodie, he turned around to reveal the words ‘All Glory and Honour Belongs to God’ on the back of a white T-shirt.

Although the clear underdog, the only eight-weight world champion would be the popular winner of the richest fight in history on Saturday night and he won more supporters by outlining his intent to entertain when the two collide.

“It’s a great responsibility for me to give enjoyment to the fans. The fans deserve to have a good fight, whether they are a fan of Mayweather or Pacquiao,” Pacquiao said.

“The Lord will always be with me and strengthen me and deliver him into my hands.”

Pacquiao was then asked for his response to Mayweather’s comments that when the two met at a Miami Heat basketball game in February, he was shocked by the American’s size advantage.

“I’ve been fighting bigger guys – Oscar De La Hoya, Antonio Margarito. It doesn’t matter to me,” Pacquiao said.

Published: Saturday 2nd May 2015 by The News Editor

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