Pacquiao, Mayweather face each other at pre-fight event
1 May, 2015, 12:00 am
LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather claims his long-awaited showdown with Manny Pacquiao isn’t a battle between good and evil as the two rivals went eyeball-to-eyeball at their final pre-fight press conference for the richest fight in history.
“I am a realist,” said Mayweather whose a 47-0 record has made him the highest-paid sportsman on the planet. This fight is not good versus evil. It is one fighter who is at the top and another.”
Pacquiao, a two-term congressman touted as a potential future president of the Philippines, is beloved as a humanitarian in his native land. A devout Christian who has put womanising and gambling days behind him, he said his main aim in taking on Mayweather was to inspire the weak and glorify God.
Mayweather, an energetic trash-talker in his younger days, hasn’t been afraid to compare himself to Muhammad Ali, or to flaunt the perks his wealth.
Nor is he a stranger to using his fists outside of the ring, serving jail time for one of several incidents of domestic violence.
But none of that will matter on Sunday, when the two climb into the ring at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“I believe in my skills. I believe I will be victorious,” said Mayweather, who puts his WBC and WBA welterweight belts on the line against the WBO champ who boasts a record of 57-5-2.
For more than five years, contractual hurdles and animosity between the camps kept the top pound-for-pound fighters of their generation from meeting.
But now the long-awaited bout is set to break all of boxing’s revenue records, capturing the imaginations of fight fans and observers around the world.