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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Manny says he and Floyd have something to prove to fans

Just a couple of days away from the fight, Manny is clearly brimming with confidence.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Manny Pacquiao arrived in Las Vegas to a grand reception from fans. Unlike other previous fights, this time Manny fans showed up to the Mandalay Bay's convention center by the truckload and were greeted by Filipino dancers and singers who entertained them before the main event kicked off. Manny showed up fashionably late to the convention center, and took to the podium to address his adoring public.

"I'm feeling excited and confident. Are you nervous? Don't worry, I'm the one who will be in the ring," Pacquiao said.

After a short stint at the podium, Manny retreated to the back where he would hold yet another round of media interviews. When asked about his personal feelings about finally facing Mayweather, Pacquiao responded by saying that it's more about the chance to finally beat Floyd for the fans rather than for himself.

"It's not personal to me but it's personal to boxing fans," Pacquiao said when asked if he had a vendetta against Mayweather that he's looking to rectify on May 2. "(Mayweather and I) have to prove something to the fans."

Despite whatever banter has gone on (or lack thereof), one thing is very clear - Manny Pacquiao is supremely confident heading into Saturday night's showdown and thinks he'll be able to succeed where all others have failed.

"I think I'm faster than anyone he's fought and this will be the moment that he will experience a loss."

Seriously - let's just get on with it already. This must be the longest week in boxing...ever.

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