Mayweather vs Pacquiao press conference: What will we see?
The sporting world hasn't been made to wait much longer on other events taking place as has been the case with the one set for May 2 in Las Vegas.
Unlike many of the other colossally hyped bouts we've seen in recent years and decades, the one which will (at least financially) trump them all has made room for just one public appearance to get the senses flowing and the pugilistic ball rolling.
There is neither a need for, nor will there be a multi city press tour to promote and push the average consumer into paying for the long awaited contest between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
Some will argue that this is a strategy which may indeed backfire, however there's not sufficient time to do so in regard to each fighter's respective training camps. Moreover, each bout fought by both "Money" and Manny since perhaps even before 2009 was much of an infomercial as to why they should have fought each other.
The idea of the two meeting in the ring had long made its way into the mainstream sports vernacular in the latter half of the twenty first century's initial decade. In any case, it's finally here and tomorrow afternoon at the Nokia Live Theatre in Los Angeles, both Mayweather, Jr. (47-0, 26 KO's) and Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KO's) will meet up in perhaps the only public appearance they'll make as a pair until fight week comes next month.
What will we see when the press conference to at last officially promote the fight airs coast to coast as well as worldwide tomorrow?
There appeared to be mutual respect between the two gentlemen as they met face to face at a Miami Heat basketball game last month.
Regardless as to whether or not the encounter was staged and not to be believed, it's beyond the point now. Manny Pacquiao should undoubtedly be his usually cordial and complimentary self, but the enigma that can be the Pretty Boy turned Money Man is sometimes a mystery wrapped up in a surprise.
He was quick to discount the star power and fighting acumen of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez during the press tour to promote their September 2013 bout. "Canelo's is such a big star", said the undefeated pound for pound champion at various stops on their press outing. "He's a big star but he's only fought on pay per view as part of my undercards". The cutdowns disguised as compliments continued to spill as they had in various other media conferences in the past.
The hardest of hands which belonged to such boxers as Carlos Baldomir and, most recently, Marcos Maidana didn't receive the same slinging slew of insults as Oscar de la Hoya or Robert Guerrero.
The real fun may indeed be reserved for the sentiments of Floyd and Manny's respective trainers. Freddie Roach and Roger Mayweather may indeed steal the show tomorrow. Their disdain for one another dates back to at least 2007 when Floyd, Jr. fought De La Hoya.
The Mayweather vs Pacquiao press conference... It should be fun, but will it?
Watch and find out.