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May 2, 2015

Vegas megabout spiced up by contrast in styles

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – The hotly anticipated welterweight bout between undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 2-1 underdog Manny Pacquiao on Saturday offers an intriguing contrast in styles which most pundits expect to last the full 12 rounds.

American Mayweather is widely regarded as one of the best defensive practitioners of all time while his ability to out-think opponents and adjust strategy midway through fights is unparalleled among contemporary fighters.

May 1, 2015

Vegas bout set to rival Super Bowls for betting

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Gamblers have flocked in huge numbers to Sin City for Saturday’s welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao which experts believe will be one of Nevada’s most heavily bet-upon sporting events.

The National Football League’s showpiece Super Bowl accounts for the top 20 events of all time for sports betting in the “Silver State” but industry insider Jay Kornegay predicts that the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout could break that trend.

May 1, 2015

Boxing-Vegas bout set to rival Super Bowls for betting

LAS VEGAS, May 1 (Reuters) – Gamblers have flocked in huge numbers to Sin City for Saturday’s welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao which experts believe will be one of Nevada’s most heavily bet-upon sporting events.

The National Football League’s showpiece Super Bowl accounts for the top 20 events of all time for sports betting in the “Silver State” but industry insider Jay Kornegay predicts that the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout could break that trend.

May 1, 2015

Filipino Pacquiao, a man of multiple layers

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Very few sportsmen have pursued as many career paths as boxer Manny Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion who has also made his name outside the ring as a politician, philanthropist, lawmaker and singer.

The Filipino southpaw, who will take on unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather in a heavily anticipated welterweight showdown at the MGM Grand on Saturday, is unquestionably one of the most intriguing figures in contemporary sport.

May 1, 2015

Modest Roach plays down role in Pacquaio transformation

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Freddie Roach is the quintessential trainer, an Irish-American who lives and breathes boxing and is happiest when he has the mitts on while putting his fighters through their paces in his Wild Card Boxing Club.

Voted trainer of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America on seven occasions, Roach is best known for the success he has achieved in partnership with Manny Pacquiao, a Filipino southpaw he has transformed into a complete fighter.

Apr 30, 2015

Trainers engage in verbal sparring ahead of megabout

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – While trash-talking by the two fighters has been at a bare minimum ahead of Saturday’s welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, their trainers engaged in a war of words on Thursday.

Pacquiao’s corner man, Freddie Roach, complained that the Mayweather camp had not yet submitted gloves for testing before his opposite number, Floyd Mayweather Sr., countered by saying that the Pacquiao camp was simply running scared.

Apr 30, 2015

Subdued Mayweather might not show up, jests Roach

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, has a theory on why the usually verbose Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been subdued during the buildup to Saturday’s hotly anticipated welterweight bout at the MGM Grand.

“I am wondering if he (Mayweather) is going to show up, I really do,” the bespectacled Roach told reporters with a smile before the two boxers held their final pre-fight media conference on Wednesday.

Apr 29, 2015

Pacquiao ’100 percent relaxed and confident’ for bout

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – With just three days to go before his much hyped showdown with undefeated American Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao was ultra relaxed, confident and ever smiling as he spoke about his preparations.

A 2-1 underdog, the Filipino southpaw told reporters at the MGM Grand on Wednesday that he had regained the sense of anticipation he had for fights a decade ago, though he was reluctant to give a prediction about the outcome.

Apr 29, 2015

Pacquiao, Mayweather again divided in fight buildup

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Four days before they meet in the ring for their highly anticipated showdown, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather marked the start of fight week at different events on Tuesday, with the Filipino southpaw a notable absentee from the ‘Grand Arrival’.

While Las Vegas resident Mayweather greeted his fans in typically flamboyant fashion at the MGM Grand Hotel’s official ceremony, Pacquiao conducted his own fan rally elsewhere earlier in the day.

Apr 24, 2015

Bouts from different eras can’t be ranked: Arum

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Next week’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is expected to be the most lucrative ever in boxing but that does not necessarily make it the biggest of all time, veteran promoter Bob Arum told Reuters.

The heavily anticipated megabout in Las Vegas on May 2 is projected to become the sport’s top-grossing showdown, pulling in close to $500 million in pay-per-view, but Arum says it is impossible to rank contests from different eras.