Finally, the bell is about to ring in the so-called ‘fight of the century’ between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
When Manny Pacquiao addressed the media in the final press conference before his fight with Floyd Mayweather, he was not interested in trash talk: “Through everything that I have accomplished, it is God who gave me the strength. I just want to be an example and an inspiration to everybody. Before I became a boxer I used to sleep in the street, starving, hungry, and now I can’t imagine the Lord raised me into this position with blessings I could never imagine. He’s going to do his best, I’m going to do my best. But the most important thing, I’m hoping that after the fight, we can have a conversation with Floyd about sharing my faith in God. We can inspire more people, especially those children who are looking to us and supporting us.”
Floyd Mayweather says he is going to come out swinging and be the aggressor early against Manny Pacquiao when they meet in Saturday’s super fight in Las Vegas.
The 38-year-old Mayweather, who is putting his undefeated record on the line to fight Filipino icon Pacquiao at the MGM Grand, usually needs a few rounds to feel out and adjust to his opponent’s game plan.
“I am going to approach it in a very, very aggressive way and go out there and press the attack early,” Mayweather said Thursday night on the NBA on TNT.
“Of course I would love to win by knockout. I am pretty sure he is going to come at me extremely strong. I am facing one of the best fighters I have ever faced,” Mayweather said. Mayweather, who is the world’s highest grossing athlete, said he would spend the next day and half before the fight doing light workouts, watching playoff basketball on TV and trying to stay focussed.
“I want to be real relaxed and real calm. I just try to have tunnel vision when I am on my way to the gym,” he said.
Mayweather, who is 47-0 with 26 KOs, told the shows hosts the secret to keeping his unblemished record intact is that he never takes any opponent lightly.
“Even if I am fighting a guy they say is just a regular guy then I am still going to train extremely hard.”
Mayweather told Barkley he doesn’t watch tapes of his opponents because he learns all he needs to about them once they are trading blows in the ring.
“I never watch my opponent. I feel like you can have a certain game plan, but once you get inside that square circle the game plan changes,” Mayweather said.
“Boxers may fight certain guys the same way, but they fight me different.”
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