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18 NOVEMBER 2018

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Mayweather Approaching Pacquiao Fight In Relaxed Mood

By Marc Livitz: The dust is finally beginning to settle and oh, what a week it has been so far as the countdown to the biggest fight of the twenty first century is almost single digits away. There have been bust up’s galore from both sides of the promotion that is the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao bonanza set to take place on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Just about everything in Sin City from fight tickets to hotel rooms and so forth is sure to be the hottest commodity to hit the desert town in a very good while.


With all due respect as always to such big time Vegas bouts as Leonard/Hearns, Holmes/Cooney, Hagler/Hearns and Tyson/Holyfield, this fight is taking place in the technology age, where everyone has camera in their pocket and opinions on and about boxing can be beamed across the planet in mere seconds. Some say the bout between the undefeated pound for pound king Mayweather, Jr. (47-0, 26 KO’s) and Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KO’s) is taking place about half a decade past its desired date. However, such sentiments are scarce among just about anyone headed out to Vegas or prepared to drop upwards of one hundred dollars in pay per view cash. The bout is expected to shatter all previously set records in terms of a live gate as well as pay TV sales.


With any and all good fortune, the fears of the ticketing fiasco, whether for an actual seat or closed circuit viewing at a Vegas hotel have come to an end. As of Wednesday afternoon, tickets (however few) were still unavailable to the buying public, neither at face value nor through the secondary market. News media of all sorts and from all corners have shown interest in the bout next weekend which found itself into mainstream conversations quite while ago. It seems just about everyone cares. Even those who aren’t fond of forking over an American C note to take in the fight in their own respective homes will likely still be quick to hop upon the chance to watch it at a friend’s house or perhaps a bar.


The waiting is finally over surprisingly, Floyd is doing the least amount of talking. His desire to be the best, cement his legacy and why he feels he has contributed more to boxing than Muhammad Ali were among the topics he addressed on a jam packed international media conference call this afternoon. His publicist originally introduced him as the best fighter on the planet, yet "Money" Mayweather was quick to interject. "That’s not what they call me" he said. "They call me, "The Best Ever. Now, we can rock and roll." Read on.......


Floyd’s Opening Statements: "I’d like to thank my team and all the media from around the world who has been covering this fight. I appreciate you as well as my team."


Mayweather’s Thoughts on Ali and Past Greats: "I acknowledge all the past champions. Ali is a legend and I respect him just as I do all the other champions. I feel like I’ve done just as much in the sport as Ali did. Ali stood for a good cause in his era. He stayed at one weight class. It’s hard to be me; still going strong at the age of 38. No disrespect to him. He called himself, "The Greatest" and I call myself "The Best Ever". Just like he may have felt that he was better than "Sugar Ray" Robinson. The list will always go on and on."


On Freddie Roach’s Suggestion of a "Good vs Evil" Type of Fight: "I have come to realize that I always had a brilliant game plan to get where I am in my career. I don’t have to say anything negative about Freddie Roach. He’s basically turning this into a "God versus Devil" type of thing. It all comes down to the two fighters. They’re the ones in the ring."


On the Enormity of the Promotion and Pacquiao: "I’m not going crazy over it. It’s just a fight to me. It may be the biggest in boxing history, but I won’t approach it like that. I don’t need the extra pressure on myself. He’s an extremely talented fighter. He’s got to this point by doing something right. I have to respect that. My game plan is to win. I’m no psychic, so I cannot say how the fight will go. I’ll just be myself."


Floyd on Making Boxing History: "I’ve had a game plan since day one. I wanted to be the first fighter to ever make nine figures in one night. It took lots of hard work and I spoke with a loud voice. After constant talk over seventeen years of just saying, "look at me and look who I’ve beaten", I’m older and wiser. I did all of that to get to a certain point. I still have lots of personality. I did what I had to do to get to this point in my career."


If a win over Manny will Cement His Legacy: "Everyone has their own opinion. That’s how I look at it. I don’t know what the public will say about this fight."


"He’s another guy that I’m facing. They’ll just look back in history and say that these two guys faced each other. I’m not sure if this will enhance my legacy or not."


On the Ticketing Confusion: "My job is to fight. Right now, my whole focus is on Manny Pacquiao. Tickets are something I don’t really deal with."


Floyd on Training Any Differently for Pacquiao: "When you’re at this level, you always want to look for more. You don’t want to overtrain. You want to be completely ready to go out there and be at one hundred percent. I’ve trained extremely hard and that’s why I’m at this level."



If He’s Financially Set: "I’ve made some good investments. If I wanted to retire today, then I could."



On His Future After Boxing and his Mindset: "Once my career over, I’ll read all of the articles that people have written about me. When I come home from the gym, I’m not on the computer looking at articles. My job is to go out there and perform to be at my best."


"I just try to stay relaxed. I saw some of Mike Tyson’s fights after he got out of prison back in the mid 90’s. I signed a few autographs and thought at nineteen years old that the MGM arena would never be so packed again. I always believed that I could do record breaking numbers. It took the right plan and the right team to make it happen."



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April 22, 2015


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