Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: Mind games days before the Big Fight

UNLESS you've been living under a rock the last few months, we're in the middle of Fight Week preceding the "fight of the century" between - arguably - two of this century's greatest fighters" Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Floyd "Money" Mayweather.

Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) face off in a highly anticipated 12-round welterweight unification Saturday night.

Pacquiao arrived in Las Vegas on Monday and his entourage is staying at the Mandalay Hotel. The MGM Grand, where the fight will be fought, is Mayweather territory.

The mind games between the two camps have been going even before the fight was announced last February. Their respective networks, HBO and SHOWTIME are rivals, the managers, trainers and promoters don't like each other.

Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, is questioning the made-to-order-gloves that Mayweather will be using. His fighter uses off-the-rack gloves made by a major manufacturer. Roach wants to know what kind of padding will be used in Mayweather's gloves. You can be sure that he'll take a really good look at the gloves before the fight.
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Meanwhile, The Money Team (TMT), came out with this t-shirt, Floyd Mayweather's image superimposed over the Philippine flag. Everyone who follows boxing knows Pacquiao's love for his people and his country. He even had an original song written about fighting for the Filipino people that he'll use for his entrance into the arena on May 2 in Las Vegas. The $45 shirt is sold out.

When informed about the shirt, Pacquiao said, "That's good."

"I like that, because he wants to join our team -- TMT, 'The Manny Team.'"