Last night in the US we saw the official press conference of the super fight between Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38) and Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26). It was the first public meeting of the two men since their chance encounter at a basketball game a few weeks ago and their first since the bout was signed and sealed.
Sadly however it was an incredibly subdued and and dull press conference that failed to build on the hope or expectation of the fight.
At times Mayweather looked uncomfortable on the stage, almost as if he didn't want to be there. Pacquiao on the other hand looked bored, often looking at his phone. It was clear the two fighters were thinking they'd rather be elsewhere.
On the stage we heard comments from Leonard Ellerbe, the head of Mayweather promotions, who wanted to thank the fighters for finally agreeing to terms for the fight, the heads of HBO Sports, Ken Herschman, and Showtime Sports, Stephen Espinoza, who tried to play political point scoring in what appeared to be public advert for their networks, Freddie Roach, who appeared to have been told not to be too inciteful, Manny Pacquiao, who wanted to thank god for a lot of things and Bob Arum.
Of all the comments made it was actually Arum's that were the most memorable with the veteran promoter talking about Filipino-American history, the Holocaust and fishing. It was certainly a unique speech, but one that went on way too long.
From what we understand this will be the only joint press conference between the two men until fight week. Thankfully, considering how uneventful it was, that's probably a good thing.
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