Fighting Words From the Pacquiao-Mayweather Press Conference

Manny Pacquiao (R) and Floyd Mayweather pose during a press conference on Wednesday.
Manny Pacquiao (R) and Floyd Mayweather pose during a press conference on Wednesday.Frederic J. Brown / Getty Images

Tickets haven't even gone on sale yet, but when they do, it'll cost a minimum of $1,500 just to step inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas when Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2. In most cases, it will likely cost a hell of a lot more to see this one in person.


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The highly-anticipated superfight, which has lost its luster in the will-they-won't-they struggle of the last seven years, was officially announced Wednesday at a press conference in Vegas that was packed with all the pomp, hype, and colorful adjectives you'd expect dripping from the mouths of promoters pitting two of history's best boxers against each other.

The 38-year-old Mayweather, 47-0 with 26 knockouts, is putting his spotless record on the line against the ferocious 36-year-old Pacquiao, who owns a 57-5-2 record with 38 KOs.

There was plenty of star power Wednesday, there was the usual stare-down photo op, there was a red carpet entrance for the fighters, and there was plenty of talk, too. Here's a sampling of what we learned:

Overstatement of the night:
"Showtime's been involved in some of the biggest Pay-Per-View events in history, including Lewis-Tyson in 2002 and of course, the all-time record, Mayweather-Canelo in 2013. But none of those events has generated the type of excitement, anticipation, and media attention that matches the hysteria that this fight has already generated." – Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president and general manager, Showtime Sports

Understatement of the night:
"I believe this is what you've been waiting for…. We will do our best on May 2 to make you happy." – Manny Pacquiao

Best attempt for a quotable moment from a trainer:
"I love challenges. This is the biggest challenge of my life. It's finally here, it’s finally in front of me, I've been looking forward to this for a long, long time. I’m going to get my fighter as ready as possible. We are in for the toughest fight of our life. We’re fighting the best fighter in the world, and we’re going to kick his ass." – Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer


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Standard casually racist statement from old white man:
"He’s legendary for graciousness and kindness. But like those Filipino warriors, he has a fierceness about him that most Filipinos have. A toughness. He is a fierce fighter who doesn't quit, who gives his all, and will bring his best on May 2." – Bob Arum, CEO, Top Rank Promotions, introducing Pacquiao

Most befuddling statement:
"This is a fight that the world can't miss. This is an unbelievable matchup, an action-packed fight. I'm in the gym working right now, dedicating myself to the sport, pushing myself to the limit because I never wanted to win a fight so bad in my life." – Floyd Mayweather

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