Mayweather, Pacquiao heat up LA
- Updated: March 11, 2015
The press conference to promote the mega bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on May 2 was closed to the public yet was still deemed a red carpet event which took place at the Nokia Theatre in LA Live, just across the street from the Staples Center which houses both the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers basketball franchises.
Mayweather held a press conference back in September 2013 at the famed Chicago Theatre prior to fighting Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez which was open to the public and met with high praise, leading to the record setting 2.2 million pay per view buy mark.
This time around, the event was blockaded from both Mayweather and Pacquiao fans with just over 700 accredited media on hand in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday for an event expected to reach millions across the world when the two welterweights meet in the ring at the MGM Grand Graden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao, (57-5-2, 38 KO) took to the red carpet first at 11 A.M. and proceeded to give interviews to media outlets from around the world that were on hand for what is the only press conference scheduled until fight week in May.
“We will do our best on May 2 to make you happy…I knew this fight would happen in 2015…he has a good defense, but I’m not worried about that. I can easily break that defense.”
Mayweather, (47-0, 26 KO) followed in suit one hour later at 12 P.M. and the undefeated fighter has grand aspirations for the fight, which is expected to eclipse all boxing revenue records in existence, from the 2.2 million pay per view buy mark set by the Mayweather/Avlarez bout, to the live gate record of $20 million, not to mention the reported purse figures for each fighter; $120 million to the undefeated Las Vegas resident Mayweather and $80 million to the Congressman from the Philippine’s, Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao.
“We tried to make this fight happen in the past. We kept bumping heads. We finally resolved everything…this fight happened because of me…May 2 is when the world stops to tune into Mayweather-Pacquiao, the biggest fight in boxing history.”
Tickets are in high demand and were announced by Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe to start at $1,500 with a $7,000 price tag for ringside seats.
For those who cannot attain tickets or pay for up-scaled Las Vegas hotel prices to at least be in Vegas, there is the option of purchasing the fight from the comfort of your own home.
At a pay per view record price reported to be over $100.
Hey, someone has to pay the fighters, right?