No trash talking.
Watching the livestream via Rappler earlier this morning, we saw how the Mayweather vs Pacquiao Pay-Per-View May 2 Press Conference happened to be. Relax. Calm. Both opponents, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., their teams, handlers, representatives, rival channels, and Bob Arum, spoke of how grateful everyone for making the Mayweather vs Pacquiao boxing match to finally happen.
“Thank you, Bob, and I would like to thank God for giving us, providing us a wonderful day, a beautiful day and giving us strength. And I want to give thanks to Showtime and HBO for helping to make this fight happen. And also to Mayweather Team, Mayweather Promotion, TopRank Promotion, and Team Pacquiao. And to all the media and press, thank you so much to all your support. And to the fans of boxing, I think I believe it’s what you are waiting for since five years ago,” Pacquiao told everyone as he greeted everybody attended and watching the press conference.
“A lot of times you hear certain things… in the media, you hear certain things from the critics, the writers, that’s not true, that’s totally false. We’ve tried to make this fight happen in the past. We’ve kept bobbing heads. You know, the teams kept bobbing heads as (of, uhm) the random blood and urine testing… It was a lot of problems in the past. And we’ve finally resolved everything. The team got on the same page and we made the fight happened,” Mayweather, Jr. spoke during an interview break at the backstage of the press conference.
Pacquiao listened attentively while Bob mentioned how HBO backed the then young Manny since the beginning of the boxing champ’s career and brought in winning his first world title, his first appearance on HBO.
“This is the biggest challenge of my life, it’s finally here, it’s finally in front of me,” said coach Freddie Roach before unleashing the words “We’re gonna get to kick his (Mayweather) ass’,” which elicited cheers from the crowd and even an approval clap from Mayweather, Jr. himself.
Before everyone had their mic, Floyd and Pacquiao squared off on stage, well-dressed, almost looking that they came from a GQ photo shoot. At least both men were in their high spirits and very cool as they stared each other’s eyes. Wonder what they were thinking that very moment. Manny was seen very cool with a lot of body movements while Floyd just stared firm on Manny’s, without flinching.
So who’s it gonna be? Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquaio, the 36-year old from Saranggani, Philippines? Or is it going to be ‘bad boy’ Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, Jr., the 38-year old undefeated and a five-division world champion?
This is going to be exciting!
*Photo screenshots from Rappler’s livestreaming event.
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