Pacquiao: God will deliver Mayweather into my hands
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – “This is God’s will. This is the fight that will glorify God.”
This was how world eight-division boxing champion and reigning World Boxing Organization Junior Welterweight king Manny Pacquiao described his May 2 fight with undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Pacquiao said his fight with Mayweather would be a way to teach the American champion about the existence of God.
“I believe, God will deliver him into my hands. His defeat would make him realize that fame, money and material possessions are nothing without God in our life,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao described Mayweather as a nice person based on what he observed when they met during the NBA game in Miami, Florida, but added he has been excessive in his lifestyle.
Excited to train
A week before Mayweather signed the fight contract, Pacquiao said he already knew that the fight would happen after years of negotiations.
“We had an agreement that he would be the one to make the announcement to the media and I respected it,” he said.
Pacquiao said he was “excited to start my training.”
“But this is just like my other fights before,” he added.
Pacquiao’s was scheduled to fly to the US on Saturday.
He said he was informed that boxing fans were already eager to watch the fight because in just 15 minutes from the announcement of the megafight, all the tickets worth $1,000 to $5,000 for Pacquiao-Mayweather fight at the MGM Grand had been sold out.
‘Tickets as much as $15,000’
“So I expect that the cost of tickets for this fight would go as high as $10,000 to $15,000 as the scheduled showdown gets nearer,” he said.
According to him, pay-per-view will be pegged at as much as US$100 per buy.
He further revealed that they would use an eight-ounce glove for this megafight, which would unify the Welterweight crowns of three different world boxing bodies – the WBC, WBA & WBO.
The boxing legend started his light training Saturday morning by going 30 rounds on a sprint around his covered court just beside his mansion here.
In the afternoon, he spent two rounds in shadow boxing and punch mitts with one of his training assistants, Nonoy Neri.
Then he spent three minutes pounding the heavy bag, three minutes on double end bag and another three minutes on skipping rope.
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