Floyd and Manny in LA

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How big is Pacquiao vs. Mayweather?

By Igor Frank
LOS ANGELES-Just how huge is May 2nd showdown between fighter of last decade Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and a pound for pound king and self proclaimed “The Best Ever” Floyd Mayweather Jr.? In the words of Mayweather Promotion’s Leonard Ellerby – this fight doesn’t need promoting it sells itself. So the powers to be decided to dispense with a worldwide promotional tour and just to appease the media set up a press conference in Los Angeles to officially announce the fight. It didn’t need an announcement either.

Seven hundred reporters converged into downtown Los Angeles on a gloomy Wednesday morning for a chance to interview star participants and everyone else involved in a blockbuster event.  For the first time ever media members were required to fill out a credential application to be admitted into a red carpet affair at the Nokia Theater. There were more media members at this press conference than at most fights I have attended. It was simply overwhelming. Outside and all around LA live, fans were waiting to get a peak or an autograph from their idols. The atmosphere was electric. Everyone knew they were a part of something significant.

This is the biggest event in boxing history, at least in terms of interest and money it is going to generate. Comparing it to Ali Frazier or Leonard Hearns:” It’s not fair to compare,” said Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum:” But yes, for this era, it is certainly by far the biggest fight.” May 2nd can’t come soon enough for boxing fans around the world that are giddy with anticipation.  Congressman/star fighter, Manny Pacquiao addressed fans from the podium:” I believe that’s what you’ve been waiting for since five years ago. There is God who raises someone from nothing into something, and that’s me.”

Manny went on to thank God for making this fight. Fans and pundits also thank God. Floyd thinks he is God, at the very least a boxing God.  Both fighters will make more money than God. 

Floyd acknowledged and thanked everyone involved including fans and media.” It’s been a long road, “said Mayweather (47-0,26KO’S):” But we are here now. May 2nd, fight of the century. It’s all about the best fighting the best. Pacquiao is one of the best fighters of this era and everything is about timing. I think we couldn’t choose a better time. This is the fight that the world can’t miss. This is an unbelievable match up. I am in the gym working right now, pushing myself to the limit, because I’ve never wanted to win a fight so bad in my life. And I am pretty sure he is going to push himself to the limit, because he wants to win just as bad as I do.”

Even though he did not wear a tie, Floyd looked sharp wearing a suit and personally tailored and monogrammed shirt. Super star fighter was unusually cordial and respectful toward his opponent. There was no usual semantics or trash talking. In the end though Floyd could not help himself and threw a first jab in a psychological battle before the fight. He said:” One thing I do know about any sport, when you lose it’s in your mind. If you lose once it’s in your mind.”

Filipino idol, Manny Pacquiao was dressed to impress as well, with dark wool suit and a designer tie. He did not get a chance to respond to Floyd’s verbal jab. Manny  said: “The most important thing is that the name of the lord will be glorified.”

Manny’s long time trainer and confidant Freddie Roach did not want to rely on the lord. “We are fighting the best fighter in the world,” he said:” And we are going to kick his ass.”

Contact Igor Frank at axident@pacbell.net or via Twitter (Fightmonger).