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Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Fighters in full promotional mode at final presser

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao didn't have a lot to say today, which isn't the worst thing.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

No trash talk, no jawing, no shoving, no theatrics. Well, not from the fighters, anyway. With Mayweather-Pacquiao just over 72 hours away, Floyd and Manny were in full promotional mode for the event, hoping to sell some more $100 pay-per-views ahead of the much-anticipated clash. Neither fighter (nor their teams) had much to say about the other side that wasn't complimentary.

Perhaps the highlight of the event was Top Rank's Bob Arum taking subtle (and not so subtle) jabs at Showtime, Stephen Espinoza, and the MGM Grand. He had a long spiel about the quality of HBO's programming, including a plug for the new HBO Now streaming service, made clear how happy he was staying at the Mandalay Bay (which even if it's an MGM hotel, came off like a shot at the MGM), and even went on a sort of bizarre tangent about Pacquiao working to have the life of one of nine drug traffickers sentenced to death spared in Indonesia.

After the presser, the two fighters spoke with interviewers from their respective networks, and gave little insight beyond, "Hey, buy the fight."

Floyd Mayweather with Showtime's Brian Custer

On the staredown

"it's business. It's my job. I've been here before. I know what it takes when it's a fight of this magnitude. I'm happy to be a part of this event, the biggest fight in sports history."

On what he saw in Pacquiao's eyes

"I can't really say. I can't really judge him by how he looks, because he could come out and fight a total different way. We'll see how everything plays out Saturday."

On how he makes the fight exciting without being reckless

"We'll just have to see. If you go back in my archives and check my fights out, I gave people a lot of exciting fights. I wish I could've been a pay-per-view star early in my career, but I wasn't. It took years and years of hard work, and I'm truly blessed."

On being bigger and maybe making Manny go backwards

"Manny Pacquiao fights better going backwards. He's a fighter who likes to move backwards and fight. He's a guy who can't fight as good going forward, but going back he can fight extremely good."

On what fans can expect to see

"You guys have to buy the pay-per-view. If you're at home, buy pay-per-view right now. This is an event that you cannot miss. The biggest fight in boxing history."

"I'm in tip-top condition. I'm pretty sure he's in tip-top shape also."

Manny Pacquiao with HBO's Kieran Mulvaney

On how he's feeling

"I feel excited and ready, relaxed. I have peace of mind for the fight."

On comparing this to other big fights

"It's one of the biggest fights. I can say that. It's a historic fight."

On staying so relaxed in the media blitz

"I'm enjoying doing this. I'm happy to fight on Saturday. Finally, this fight is happening. I'm excited for Saturday."

On his confidence that he'll beat Mayweather

"The Lord my God that I am serving, He will deliver him into my hands on Saturday."

On his motivation as the underdog

"It's motivated me more and it's helped me a lot. It's given me the encouragement, the focus. I love to be an underdog."

On how he feels being involved in this type of event

"Amazing beyond my imagination that I can be like this. I cannot imagine that the Lord, He gives me these blessings. It's amazing, if you have faith in the Lord, a relationship with the Lord, all things are possible."

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