Floyd Mayweather holds an open workout for a small army of media ahead of his May 2 fight with Pacquiao.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES. (APRIL 14, 2015)(HBO/SHOWTIME)- Floyd Mayweather Jr. held a public workout in Las Vegas on Tuesday (April 14), ahead of his fight with Manny Pacquiao that will take place in Las Vegas on May 2.
Mayweather was nearly two hours late for a training session that was being delivered to news organizations via satellite.The fight which has been 5 years in the making, will feature a duel between the defence-minded Mayweather and the aggressive Pacquiao, the biggest drawcards of their generation, has been savoured by boxing fans, if only to decide the mythical title of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.
During the workout Mayweather was asked what reporters would see.
“A guy that is very focused. A fighter that is focused. A fighter that has a lot to prove. I had a tremendous career. 18 or 19 years of being world champion and my team, I commend my team. I take my hat off to my team. My team did a remarkable job outside the ring while I continue to get inside the ring and take care of business.”
Showtime and HBO will jointly broadcast the bout, which is one of the most eagerly anticipated in boxing since the classic 1975 ‘Thrilla in Manila’ between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. However, both Mayweather, 37, and Pacquiao, 36, are in the twilight of their respective careers and most pundits say they have lost some of their skills in the ring.
Mayweather made a late-night trip to Pacquiao’s hotel in Miami last month to discuss the possibility of a showdown, and the Filipino southpaw, an eight-division world champion, signed the contract for the bout on Thursday.
Pacquiao, who has a 57-5-2 record with 38 knockouts, said in a statement: “I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years. They have waited long enough and they deserve it. Mayweather has a perfect record of 47-0 with 26 knockouts.