FLOYD Mayweather Jr. fired the opening salvo as his psywar with Manny Pacquiao officially began.
The 38-year-old American tried to get into the consciousness of the Filipino boxing great by reminding everyone that losing a fight ever for just once, will always lingers on one’s mind.
“One thing I do know about any sport is that when you lose, it’s in your mind. If you lose once, it’s on your mind. If you lose twice, it’s in your mind,” stressed Mayweather before a huge throng of media men – and to millions of people worldwide – at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles during the official press conference early Thursday morning (Manila time) for his May 2 welterweight unification showdown against Pacquiao.
Unbeaten in 47 fights, 26 of them by way of knockouts, Mayweather has always been proud about his perfect record and critical of Pacquiao’s own slate which bears a total of five losses in 64 fights, including 38 KOs.
Mayweather in particular had been discerning about the Filipino’s back-to-back career losses suffered at the hands of Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked out Pacquiao cold in the fourth installment of the seething rivalry between the two brave warriors.
Unlike Pacquiao, Mayweather takes pride in having gone undefeated in a 19-year career that saw him win 10 world titles in four different weight divisions and become the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter in the world today.
The ‘Money Man’ says that’s the way he is because he’s been taught to be a winner even at a young age.
“From Day One, I was always taught to be a winner, no matter what,” said Mayweather, who was surprisingly subdued throughout the hour-long proceedings.
“I always push myself to the limit, stay focus, and be the best that I can be.”
But Mayweather was cordial to Pacquiao on this occasion. Not once did he trash talk the ‘Pacman’ as everybody had expected of him, and instead, referred to his Filipino opponent as ‘one of the best fighters of this era.’
He also termed the May 2 showdown between him and Pacquiao as ‘the Fight of the Century.’
“It’s all about the best fighting the best and Pacquiao is one of the best fighters of this era. And everything is all about timing and I think we couldn’t choose a better time,” said Mayweather, who stood a little bit taller than Pacquiao when the two finally had their first official stare down at centerstage prior to the start of the press event.