DESPITE having fought some of the best fighters in the world, Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn’t deny his huge desire to win what he himself referred to as the ‘Fight the world can’t miss.’
Straight to the point but not in his usual arrogant manner, Mayweather admitted about wanting badly to beat Manny Pacquiao in a long-delayed showdown that finally comes to reality on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“I’m on the gym right now dedicating myself to the sport. Pushing myself to the limit because I never want to win a fight so bad in my life,” said Mayweather calmly as he addressed media men at the podium of the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles during Thursday’s early morning (Manila time) press conference for the ultra-rich unification title fight pitting two of the world’s best welterweights of all-time.
In the same way, the four-division world champion expects Pacquiao to likewise be at his best in his own yearning to beat and shut up the outspoken Mayweather as well.
“I’m pretty sure he’s going to push himself to the limit because he wants to win the same way I wanna win,” added the former Olympian, who’s expected to cash in approximately $120 million in prize money.
First broached in late 2009, the much-anticipated bout has been put off several times largely due to several conditions the camp of Mayweather had been asking for.
But Floyd Jr, 38, said it was all really a matter of time before everything else finally fell into place.
“Everything is all about timing and I think we couldn’t choose a better time,” said Mayweather as he thanked his team, Pacquiao’s camp, HBO, and Showtime for making the fight happen.
“Our game plan is just to be smart and take one fighter at a time, like all 47 fights,” added the Grand Rapids, Michigan native, who holds a perfect record of 47-0, with 26 KOs.
Now that it’s finally here, Mayweather, later joined on stage by close pal Justin Bieber, wants everybody to tune in.
“May 2, that’s when the world stops…Mayweather-Pacquiao, the biggest fight in boxing history,” he stated.