The two biggest fighters in boxing today are set to meet on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and today in Los Angeles, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally went face-to-face to formally announce their fight.
Both Mayweather (47-0, 26 KO) and Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KO) were reserved, as were their teams, with everyone thankful to be at the event that sets up the biggest money fight in boxing history.
Even Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who has been very contentious with Mayweather and his team over the last nine years, was nothing but gracious in his words.
"When we compare it to the Super Bowl, even the Olympics, we get worldwide attention for those events. It's been rare we get worldwide attention for a boxing match," Arum said. "And believe me, with the help of everyone, everyone in the world will be watching. They'll all be watching this great event unfold. It's a credit to the sport of boxing that we've been able to put on such an event."
Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach kept it brief as usual, and got right to the point. "I love challenges. This is the biggest challenge of my life," he said. "It's finally here. I've been looking forward to this for a long time. We're 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."
Pacquaio thanked the media and fans, who have been calling for this fight for half a decade.
"I believe this is what you were waiting for for five years," he said. "The fight is on, and I know you're excited. Both of us will undergo hard training for this fight. We will do our best on May 2 to make you happy."
Mayweather spoke calmly and, of course, looked to potentially gain a psychological edge from the get go.
"May 2nd. The fight of the century. It's all about the best fighting the best," he said. "And Pacquiao is one of the best fighters of this era. Everything is about timing. I think we couldn't choose a better time. Our game plan is just to be smart and take one fight at a time, like all 47 fights. This is a fight that the world can't miss.
"This is an unbelievable matchup. Action-packed fight. I'm in the gym right now, dedicating myself to the sport, pushing myself to the limit, because I've never wanted to win a fight so bad in my life. And I'm pretty sure he's gonna push himself to the limit, because he wants to win the same way I want to win.
"But one thing I do now about any sport, when you lose, it's in your mind. If you've lost once, it's in your mind. If you've lost twice, it's in your mind. From day one, I was always taught to be a winner, no matter what. Be a winner. Push yourself to the limit. Stay focused and be the best that you can be."
"Without everyone together, we couldn't make this fight happen, so I have to be thankful for us coming together as one so we can give the world what they want to see, Mayweather-Pacquiao."
Mayweather closed by saying, "May 2nd, that's when the world stops. I want everyone to tune in. Mayweather-Pacquiao, the biggest fight in boxing history."