SAN DIEGO, April 29, 2015 – The final news conference featuring Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao before their historic meeting in the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday takes place today at 4 p.m. ET.
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Given the wall to wall news coverage, much of it by journalists, bloggers and broadcasters who don’t normally cover the sport of boxing otherwise, it’s highly unlikely either Mayweather or Pacquiao will offer any comments we haven’t heard to date. It’s also highly unlikely either will say much beyond their versions of “I’m the better man, I trained hard, I’m well prepared, I’m going to win, thank you to the fans.”
The only off script comments might come from Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, and Mayweather’s trainer, his father Floyd Senior. Both have played the role of surrogate trash talker throughout training. Floyd Senior wasn’t allowed to speak at the first news conference in April, and given this will be seen live around the world, it’s a bit of a gamble if he does today.
Nevertheless, it’s another photo opp, another bit of entertainment for the fans. It is also a chance to try and read the smallest clues to try and gain insight on who’s got the edge in the fight. Call it Sweet Science forensics. It’s the boxing equivalent of watching the horses parading around the paddock ring before placing your bet.
Mayweather (47-0-0, 26 KOs) and eight-division champion Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) stand to pocket record-breaking amounts of money and set pay per view records with the bout. It is a fight fans have dreamed about for five years.
Pacquiao arrived in Las Vegas on Tuesday, with an entourage of some 100 vehicles carrying a huge entourage of family, friends, and seemingly everyone he knows. Fans attended a pep rally at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where a smiling, jovial Pacquiao snapped selfies with trainer Roach, fans, and ring girls. He told the elated audience, “Don’t get nervous on Saturday. I’m the one who’s going to win the fight. So relax. It is time for Mayweather to lose. Just be excited. I’m excited. Thank you for your overwhelming support and prayers. I love you guys. God bless.”
Mayweather, who lives in Las Vegas, made his formal arrival a few hours later, complete with a marching band, Vegas style dancers, rappers and other performers. Business as usual, except perhaps for the marching band. Mayweather also appeared relaxed, smiling and enjoying the show. “I don’t have anything negative to say about Manny Pacquiao or Freddie Roach,” said Mayweather. “People from different teams can say things, but when it comes down to it, it comes down to the two fighters. I don’t focus on all the festivities going on. I just focus on being the best that I can be and doing what I’m supposed to do in the gym. I don’t ever say that ‘this is my toughest fight’ or ‘this is my easiest’ fight. I feel like he is a competitor and anything can happen in the sport of boxing. I always want to go out there and be at my best.”
The five years of anticipation by fans has created a bigger event than anyone could have imagined, likely to be the biggest event for many years to come. Pay per view records are likely to be smashed, as will the final earnings for both Mayweather and Pacquiao, as much as a combined $300 million. This doesn’t take into account the money being made by hotels, restaurants, and other businesses in Las Vegas and elsewhere benefitting from fight commerce.
For four more days, let the pundits and the fans argue; let the bets be placed.
Everyone will find out how the drama ends on Saturday, May 2, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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