Mayweather-Pacquiao come face-to-face to hype megafight

Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:56pm EDT
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By Jahmal Corner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After five years of bickering, posturing, and false alarms, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao stood face-to-face on Wednesday to mark the official countdown to one of boxing's most anticipated fights.

Pacquiao, wearing a dark suit and tie, arrived on stage for the news conference as AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" blared through the speakers. He was followed by Mayweather, who was in a light suit with no tie and walked in to Queen's "We Will Rock You."

The two men then stood face-to-face and side-to-side, as a roar of camera shutters tracked their every move, before sitting with their respective camps in the only news conference they will hold to hype their May 2 fight.

And while neither boxer took questions from the media packed inside the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles, each exuded confidence.

"This is a fight that the world can't miss," Mayweather said from his podium. "I'm in the gym working right now, ... pushing myself to the limit because I never wanted to win a fight so bad in my life."

The fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas between Mayweather and Filipino southpaw Pacquiao is expected to be the highest grossing bout in history.

"This is what you are waiting for since five years ago," said Pacquiao, who has held world titles in eight different weight divisions. "The fight is on and we're very excited ... we will do our best on May 2 to make you happy."

Pacquiao told a group of reporters that he was not worried about the upcoming bout and was more concerned about prior fights with Oscar De La Hoya, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto.   Continued...

Eleven-time, five-division world boxing champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather (L) and eight-division world champion Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao pose at a news conference ahead of their upcoming bout, in Los Angeles, California March 11, 2015.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson