Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 was the day in which the only press conference that will be taking place in preparation for one of the biggest fights in boxing history took place. Of course, I speak of the May 2nd confrontation between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Truly one of the most anticipated fights in decades, this really is a historic period we are living through. Although no longer in their prime, we will finally see arguably the two greatest fighters of the current century square up in the ring.
Will this fight earn itself the title of “Fight of the Century?” Perhaps, if Manny manages to break Floyd’s nearly flawless defense. We could just as easily be surprised and have ourselves a one-sided fight. It may also not be too crazy to assume that Manny’s strength and speed (while the ladder is a tad less likely) will be too much for Floyd to handle. They say Floyd may be in trouble as he has never fought anyone like Pac-man, but it goes both ways, as no amount of sparring partners can will be able to prepare Pac for Mayweather’s style.
At the Press Conference, the excitement could be seen coming from all parties, including Top Rank, HBO, Shotime, and the MGM Grand. There was much respect up on the bench from both sides, but that didn’t stop Manny’s Trainer, the legendary Freddy Roach, from making it clear that they intend to “kick [Floyd’s] ass,” much to the enjoyment of fans. Manny kept his speech short and sweet, like everybody else, taking the opportunity to gratefully acknowledge those around him who have helped him get from his humble beginnings to where he is today.
Floyd Mayweather Sr., Floyd’s father and trainer, did not speak. Floyd Mayweather Jr., had a cool and calm attitude upon taking the podium, which he maintained throughout his speech. Perhaps the highlight of his speech was his sincerity in expressing his desire to win this fight, which he claims is stronger than it has been for any fight.
Ticket prices are projected to range from $1,500-7,500, and the fight will be available on Pay-Per-View. In case you haven’t watched it yet, you can check it out below.
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