The calm before the storm: Pre-fight rituals for Pacquiao and Mayweather

ABS-CBN Sports on May 02, 2015 09:23 PM
Calm before the storm: Floyd and Manny's pre-fight rituals
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After Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather tipped the scales and cleared what's needed to be cleared, weight wise, now's the time for the calm before the storm.

Immediately after the weigh-ins, Pacquiao was all smiles, taking selfies with fans and his team as he gears up for the biggest fight of his career.

He consumed a bar of Butterfingers right after the festivities, signalling that his pre-weigh in diet is now over, and he’s on his way to put on a little bit of weight come fight time.

Mayweather, on the other hand, was a stark contrast. The usually tough-talking champion was an epitome of seriousness. No smiles were given, no extra-ordinary antics as he made 146-pounds, surprisingly, with relative ease.

After talking to a few media personalities, “Money” quietly hit the exits in a rather composed manner, far different from what he does in his previous fights where he really upstages everyone with his theatrics.

And with roughly 24 hours to spare, the contrast between Pacquiao and Mayweather continues.

Pacquiao will head back to his suite, probably eating chicken adobo, consuming tons of steamed rice and melons.

That meal will of course be sandwiched by a string of bible studies that Pacquiao likes to have with his team and closest colleagues before he sets off for a walk to clear his mind a bit.

"It's pretty much a normal day," Freddie Roach said.

Mayweather on the other will be all business, as he's set to rally his team - the Money team as he likes to call it, prepare their stuff and think about how the fight will materialize.

"Floyd's favorite saying is, 'it's going to be what it's going to be.' He knows in his mind that he's done everything he has needed to," Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather's promoter, told the Associated Press.

That contrast will finally be clashing head on, as the two finally meet in a fight that took six years, dozens of stipulations and a whole lot of money to make.

Soon the calm will come to a close. Storm's coming, and it's go time for both men. - CJ

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