Mayweather, Pacquiao face off for the first time at kick-off presser
Milan Ordoñez on Mar 12, 2015 09:56 AM
Photo credit: Chris Farina
The crowd in attendance Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles bore witness when boxing titans Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao faced off for the first time on Wednesday afternoon (Thursday morning, Manila time). The press conference officially kicked off promotions for their historic May 2nd clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
One of the most (if not the most) noteworthy moments of the presser was Floyd Mayweather's highly unlikely cordial demeanor, particularly towards his father, whom he had personal issues with that at one time was made public through HBO 24/7, and towards Manny Pacquiao.
"We're very excited to be making history today by officially announcing the biggest boxing event in the history of the sport, and one of the biggest events ever in all of sports." - Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe
"It's been seamless, everybody's been cooperative, except for (Floyd) Sr. over there who's staring at me. He's my friend, he's been my friend forever." Top Rank Promotions founder and CEO Bob Arum
"We've known for at least five years that Floyd has wanted a Pacquiao fight very badly." - Executive Vice President, General Manager of Showtime Sports Stephen Espinoza
"We're all family, we're all part of this boxing family." - Bob Arum
"We are in the toughest fight of our life, we're fighting the best fighter in the world, and we're gonna kick his ass. I'm sorry, but good luck, Floyd." - Freddie Roach
"We know the graciousness and kindness the Filipino people show." - Bob Arum
"We're going to undergo hard training for this fight and we will do our best on May 2nd to make you (fans) happy." - Manny Pacquiao
"I'm in the gym working right now, dedicating myself to the sport, pushing myself to the limit because I never wanted to win a fight so bad in my life." - Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"Hello, Floyd." - Bob Arum
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