Pacquiao-Mayweather news conference: 'We don't want to leave a question mark'
Mar 11, 2015 | 2:37 PM
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. held an invitation-only news conference at L.A. Live’s Nokia Theatre on Wednesday to promote their May 2 super-fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Our reporters were on the scene.
7 more weeks of hype begins now
We've heard a lot of hyperbole today from the promoters of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. That leaves seven more weeks of hype before the two face off on May 2 in Las Vegas. To review the day's events, just scroll. For the latest updates, go here . And if you can spare $1,500-$7,500, then you can try buying a ticket.
I've never wanted to win a fight this bad in my life.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Thanks to Floyd Sr.
I want to let the people know that there is God who can raise someone from nothing into something. That's me. That's me. I came from nothing.
Pacquiao's camp made several concessions to get the fight done, reportedly agreeing to a smaller split, allowing Mayweather's name to appear first in any pre-fight publicity and, apparently, allowing Mayweather to go first in Wednesday's press conference.
But Pacquiao said he's OK allowing the favored Mayweather (47-0, 26 knockouts) to take the spotlight
“I like being the underdog,” said Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs). “I think it's going to make me more motivated.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr. won't meet Manny Pacquiao in the ring until May 2, but the hype for the super-fight has already started. And not surprisingly it was Mayweather's father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., who threw the first punch Wednesday in front of Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
“What do I think about Manny Pacquiao?” Mayweather Sr. said. “To be honest with you, he's just an opponent. Floyd's going to be throwing the punches, not Pacquiao."
The fighters' official news conference is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. in Los Angeles. But first there will be a stream of red-carpet arrivals that will likely feature the fighters standing toe-to-toe for cameras.
The Times' Lance Pugmire, Kevin Baxter and Bill Dwyre will all be reporting from Nokia.