Tag: Floyd Mayweather

Boxing: Mayweather says World will stop when I fight Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather says he has never wanted to win a fight more after coming face-to-face with Manny Pacquiao at a press conference.

The pair met in Los Angeles to promote their long-anticipated $300 million mega-fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2.

“Pacquiao is one of the best fighters of the era,” Mayweather said. “I think we couldn’t shoot at a better time.

“I’m in the gym right now working, dedicating myself to my sport and pushing myself to the limit because I have never wanted to win a fight more in my life.

“He wants to win just as the same as I do. One thing I do know about any sport is when you lose once it’s in your mind. When you lose twice, it’s in your mind.

“From day one I was told to push myself to the limit, to be a winner. We tried to make this fight happen in the past but we kept bumping heads about random blood testing. We finally resolved everything.

“May 2, that’s when the world stops. Mayweather-Pacquiao, the biggest fight in boxing history.”

Pacquiao emerged first on to the stage and when Mayweather arrived the pair stood a foot away from each other in a stare-off that lasted a minute.

“This is what the fans have been waiting for since five years,” said Pacquiao. “I came from nothing into something and I owe everything to the Lord.”

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach was less polite.

“I love challenges and this is the biggest challenge of my life,” Roach said.

“I’ve been looking forward to this fight for a long, long time. We are in the toughest fight of our lives and Floyd is the best fighter in the world, but we’re going to kick his ass.”

It was the only meeting the pair will have before fight week in a showdown to decide boxing’s pound-for-pound No.1 that will make more money than any other fight in history.

American Mayweather, 38, has won world titles in five weight divisions and will take a 47-0 record into the fight against Filipino Pacquiao, 36, who suffered a fifth career defeat in 61 fights when he was knocked out by Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.

Southpaw Pacquiao has won world titles in eight divisions and will be putting his WBO belt on the line against Mayweather’s WBA and WBC straps.

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Boxing: Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao confirmed for 2 May

Floyd Mayweather will fight Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on 2 May in what promises to be the richest bout in the history of boxing.

American Mayweather, 37, and Filipino Pacquiao, 36, are considered to be the best two fighters of their generation.

Mayweather’s WBC and WBA welterweight titles and Pacquiao’s WBO belt will be on the line at the MGM Grand.

Mayweather is unbeaten in 47 professional fights; Pacquiao has 57 wins and five losses from 64 contests.

The fight is expected to generate as much as £162m ($250m). The most lucrative fight in history is thought to be Mayweather’s bout against Saul Alvarez in 2013, which made an estimated £97m.

Mayweather-Pacquiao is also expected to break the record for pay-per-view buys in the United States. The current record of 2.4 million was set when Mayweather fought fellow American Oscar de la Hoya in 2007.

Mayweather wrote on his webpage: “What the world has been waiting for has arrived. Mayweather vs Pacquiao on May 2, 2015 is a done deal.

“This will be the biggest event in the history of the sport. Boxing fans and sports fans around the world will witness greatness on May 2.”

Mayweather, whose unbeaten record stretches back to 1996, has won his past five bouts on points, most recently a rematch with Marcos Maidana in September.

British welterweight Amir Khan, who wants to fights Mayweather and also held talks with Pacquiao in January, said before the bout was announced that it is “not going to be what people expect”.

He told the Daily Mail  on Thursday: “Four years ago it would have been a massive fight because both of them were at their peak. It might have gone past that now.

“It will be a good fight for a couple of rounds. I think it will go the distance but that Mayweather will win by unanimous decision.”

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Boxing: Khan v Alexander – Chasing the Money

Amir Khan has to beat Devon Alexander on Saturday in Las Vegas at the MGM and he has to look good doing it.

The problem for Khan on Saturday night, and the reason that he has to look so good, is that he is just one part of three fights, at two rival casinos that feature men in the great money race for a fight against either Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather. There is also the Alexander problem and the southpaw, former world champion at two weights has been for a long, long time one of the world’s most avoided and neglected fighters.

“It has never been easy for me,” said Alexander, who is a veteran but still younger than Khan. “I’m blessed because I’m just getting better and better. There has been talk of a fight with Khan before, it never happened and that is why this fight is so important.” Khan, it needs to be remembered, withdrew from a fight with Alexander in December last year because he falsely believed that he had secured a fight with Mayweather.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town at the Cosmopolitan, Tim Bradley, who has a win and a loss against Pacquiao, is fighting Diego Chaves – a good win for Bradley and he would take up a prominent place on Mayweather’s shopping list for 2015. Mayweather refers to the list as the ‘sweepstakes’, which is a bit vulgar but very true. Bradley, by the way, has far more chance of looking good.

Fighting alongside Khan and Alexander at the esteemed MGM is unbeaten and overlooked Keith Thurman, who will be defending his WBA welterweight title against the extraordinary Italian Leonard Bundu, who is unbeaten in 33 fights and 40! If Thurman wins then he would be an ideal next opponent for either Manny or Little Floyd; Manny has been braver in accepting hard fights, but Floyd needs a good opponent to satisfy his increasingly demanding paymasters at ShowTime – I guess that can happen when the pay-per-figures are under performing and hundreds of millions of dollars are changing hands.

Oscar De La Hoya – a loser on a controversial decision to Mayweather but stopped by Pacquiao – is convinced Khan is in a favourable position, a nice place to be when something like $10 million is the real prize for a fight against either of the modern sport’s top cash cows. The casino operators would also like Khan in a big, big fight because of the travelling British fans and their willingness to empty out their wallets and bank accounts once they land in Las Vegas.

“Amir Khan is a real threat to the welterweight division,” said De La Hoya. “I would put him in with Mayweather and Pacquiao and don’t be surprised if he wins – he is that type of character.”

The shameless pursuit of a life-changing fight with either Pacquiao or Mayweather is becoming an even more ruthless race because both of the veterans are coming to the end of their fantastic careers. I would be amazed if they each fight three more times and right now there are as many as 12 boxers desperate to get a call for the fighting last dance, the multi-million dollar waltz that is a win-win for any of the losers.

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