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PACMAN IS BEAST IN THE RING, TURNS ANGEL OUTSIDE
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Pacquiao in training, let Roach feel how strong he was, unloading a bomb that landed on the chest armor and nearly took the wind out of the Hall of Fame trainer]

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APRIL 23 ---POWER BREAK Manny Pacquiao takes a breather after his usual power bomb of a workout at Wild Card gym in Hollywood on Tuesday. REM ZAMORA
- He hit the ropes and corner paddings hard, then threw punches in the air while cutting the ring. Later, he showed his abs and hummed a meaningful song, obliging the media. Just outside the gym, he met two cerebral palsy victims, one wheelchair-bound, chatted with them and posed for a photograph that brought wide smiles to their faces. Earlier in the day, Manny Pacquiao was a beast, but his aggressiveness in training must have drained the beast in him. He became an angel at the end of his workout on Tuesday afternoon at Wild Card gym here. Informed that Kenny Bayless had been appointed referee, Pacquiao said the Nevada Athletic Council made the right choice. “He’s a good referee, fair. I like the way he does his job.”  Bayless has refereed several of Pacquiao’s fights, including his fourth meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas in 2012 when he counted out Pacquiao for a knockout with one second left in the sixth round. READ MORE...

ALSO: Robin Padilla to politicians attending Pacquiao-Mayweather: Spend your own money, not our taxes


PADILLA 
Nagbigay-paalala ang action superstar na si Robin Padilla sa mga pulitikong manonood ng laban nina Manny Pacquiao at Floyd Mayweather Jr. sa MGM Grand sa Las Vegas, Nevada, sa May 2. 
“Tax ba natin 'yan?” pabirong tanong ni Robin nang makausap siya ng ilang reporters sa isang press conference kahapon, April 20. Madalas kasing may mga pulitikong nanonood nang live sa mga laban ng Saranggani representative at Pinoy boxing champ na si Manny. Kaya naman umaasa si Robin na sa pagtutuos nina Pacquiao at Mayweather ay mula sa sariling bulsa ng mga pulitiko ang gagamitin nilang panggastos sa panonood nito. Katuwiran ng aktor, “Hindi naman ako puwedeng tumigil [sa pagkomento] kasi magbabayad na naman tayo sa June. "Bayaran na naman sa June ng tax. “Siyempre, tuwing magbabayad ako ng tax, sumasakit ang loob ko. “Wala akong ibang masisisi kundi yung mga pulitiko. “Huwag naman sumama ang loob nila sa akin. “Hindi naman 'yan isang bagay na hindi natin alam lahat. Alam nating lahat 'yon.”  Kaya mariing ipinaalala ni Robin sa mga pulitiko: “Sana sa laban ni Manny Pacquiao, pera nila ang ginamit nila, hindi pera natin.”  THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Boxing great Foreman sees Pacquiao in 6
[“This is probably, for Pacquiao and Mayweather, the loneliest hours they have ever had in their lives,” he said. “They have a lot of people around to train with but there’s no one to talk this around with. You can only talk to yourself. There’s nowhere to go but inside yourself. It’s lonely.”]



Foreman 
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Former world heavyweight champion George Foreman likes Manny Pacquiao over unbeaten Floyd Mayweather in their welterweight showdown next week in Las Vegas and warns a loss could devastate Mayweather. Foreman has plenty of experience in superfight history, having suffered his first career defeat in a mega-bout spectacular in Zaire to Muhammad Ali in the fabled 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle.”  And he sees a strong start for Pacquiao, a big rally by Mayweather but a decision for the Filipino icon, who is 57-5 with two drawn and 38 knockouts. “I think Pacquiao to win six rounds, the seventh will be kind of even. Mayweather will come on in the last rounds but it will be too late. The fight will be won by a single round,” Foreman said. “Mayweather starts off early looking for a rhythm, Pacquiao will pop him early on, he will tire and Mayweather will come on in the later rounds but he will lose. “It’s going to be a fantastic, amazing boxing match. It will live up to all the hype, it really will.”  $10 for weigh-in  Meanwhile, promoters of the Pacquiao-Mayweather mega fight have taken the unusual step of charging for the weigh-in after a limited number of tickets for the fight were snapped up almost immediately on Thursday. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pac-Floyd May 1 weigh-in costs $10 each


2015 FIGHT METER LOS ANGELES — Promoters of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather mega fight have taken the unusual step of charging for the weigh-in after a limited number of tickets for the fight were snapped up almost immediately on Thursday. Tickets for the May 1 weigh-in, also at the Grand Garden Arena inside the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, will go on sale Friday and cost $10 each. "The weigh-in is always the grand finale of fight week activities." said Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive of Mayweather Promotions. "And with the massive interest in this fight, the number of fans looking to attend the official weigh-in is going to be something we've never seen before." Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said Thursday the money from the sale of weigh-in tickets will go to charity. READ  MORE...

ALSO: Roach skips his 7th 'Trainer of Year' awards night for obvious reasons


Freddie Roach. AP 
LOS ANGELES - Freddie Roach was supposed to receive his seventh Trainer of the Year Award from the Boxing Writers Association of America on Friday (Saturday in Manila) at the Capitale in New York. But Roach, obviously, had more pressing matters to attend to, which is to get Manny Pacquiao ready for his biggest fight to date against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas next week. Instead, the bespectacled trainer sent his brother Alan to accept the prestigious award on his behalf. "I wish I could be there, but we have more important things to do here," Roach told Filipino scribes after Pacquiao's workout at the Wild Card Gym. The Eddie Futch-John F.X. Condon Award won by Roach for an unprecedented seven times further cemented his reputation as one of the best boxing cornermen ever. But Roach, confidently sitting on the ring apron at the Wild Card, said he's not done yet raking in the awards. By the end of the year, he insisted he's getting another trophy. "Manny assured me that I'll win an eighth award next year because he's knocking Mayweather out," said Roach, smiling. READ MORE...

ALSO: Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao's fight sold out within minutes and tickets immediately appeared on websites for as much as £94,000 ($141,000).


APRIL 24 ---TICKETMASTER ONLINE-- But within minutes they appeared on sites such as StubHub - an online marketplace owned by eBay - with the cheapest priced at £3,511 ($5,270)American Mayweather, 38, and Filipino Pacquiao, 36, are considered two of the best fighters of their generation and the bout, which has been in the pipeline for five years, is set to generate £162m ($250m). Only 1,000 tickets were made available to the public for the fight on 2 May at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Jump media playerMedia player helpOut of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. Mayweather v Pacquiao: Fight of the Century preview The remaining 15,500 seats will go to fighters, sponsors and promoters. The cheapest ticket for the bout cost £1,000 ($1,500), rising to about £5,000 ($7,500). Tickets for the fighters' weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena go on sale on Friday from 20:00 BST - with all funds raised going to charity. "The weigh-in is always the grand finale of fight week activities," said Mayweather's promoter Leonard Ellerbe. "And with the massive interest in this fight, the number of fans looking to attend the official weigh-in is going to be something we've never seen before". READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacman is 100 percent ready


MANNY "HAS REACHED HIS PEAK!" 
LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao is ready to rumble while Floyd Mayweather is set to take a tumble. PacquiaoThat’s the belief of Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame cornerman Freddie Roach, who told mediamen early Friday night that the Filipino star has reached his peak. “Everything is coming into play,” Roach said when pressed about the condition Pacquiao is in a little over a week before meeting Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I don’t think he’s going to get better (anymore),” stressed Roach, noting that Pacquiao is now at 100 percent and that the remaining days will be devoted to keeping him in shape. Pacquiao will spar for the penultimate time Saturday and will have his last taste of sparring on Monday, just before the entire team travels to Sin City. READ MORE...

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Beast in the ring, angel outside


POWER BREAK Manny Pacquiao takes a breather after his usual power bomb of a workout at Wild Card gym in Hollywood on Tuesday. REM ZAMORA

HOLLYWOOD, APRIL 27, 2015 (INQUIRER) Roy Luarca @inquirerdotnet  Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 - He hit the ropes and corner paddings hard, then threw punches in the air while cutting the ring. Later, he showed his abs and hummed a meaningful song, obliging the media.

Just outside the gym, he met two cerebral palsy victims, one wheelchair-bound, chatted with them and posed for a photograph that brought wide smiles to their faces.

Earlier in the day, Manny Pacquiao was a beast, but his aggressiveness in training must have drained the beast in him. He became an angel at the end of his workout on Tuesday afternoon at Wild Card gym here.

Informed that Kenny Bayless had been appointed referee, Pacquiao said the Nevada Athletic Council made the right choice. “He’s a good referee, fair. I like the way he does his job.”

Bayless has refereed several of Pacquiao’s fights, including his fourth meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas in 2012 when he counted out Pacquiao for a knockout with one second left in the sixth round.

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Feeling light and energetic after sparring for eight rounds and doing the mitts for six, Pacquiao was craving more work. But he eventually acceded to chief trainer Freddie Roach’s orders. He knows that with only a few days to go before his May 2 megabucks bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., there’s no need to rush. From here on, timing is everything.

Power bomb

Pacquiao, however, let Roach feel how strong he was, unloading a bomb that landed on the chest armor and nearly took the wind out of the Hall of Fame trainer.

“It’s the hardest he’d hit me ever,” a drained but happy Roach told Manila-based sportswriters who were allowed inside his gym that had been off-limits for the past three weeks of training camp. “I’m still hurting, but that’s what I want [from him],” said Roach, who was clearly satisfied with Pacquiao’s performance as preparations started to taper off on Tuesday.

Though sparring was still held beyond closed doors, a former world champion who was granted access said Pacquiao was quick and light on his feet while heavy and sneaky with his punches.

Assuring his fans back home and his fellow Filipinos all over the world, Pacquiao said he’s doing his best to reach 100 percent, not only physically and mentally, but also spiritually.

“Everything is all set, I’m ready for the fight,” said Pacquiao, who earlier in the day ran from his home at Plymouth Boulevard to Pan Pacific Park.

There, a throng of fans and reporters waited for him as he went around the park once and proceeded to the steel-fenced circular enclosure where he does his crunches.

Rapping with apl.de.ap
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Internationally renowned Philippine-born rapper and Black Eyed Peas lead vocalist apl.de.ap, Allan Pineda in real life, joined him in the core-strengthening drills.

Before that, however, apl.de.ap rendered a rap, Filipino, to which Pacquiao responded with a rap similar in content and tone.

He rested for a while in his black Escalade before heading home for breakfast and rest.

Hours later, Pacquiao was at Wild Card for his afternoon training session with Roach, strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune and assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez and Nonoy Neri.

Once again, Pacquiao put on a show against two sparring partners, to the delight of his trainers.

Roach was so pleased that he finally gave his security chief, Rob Peters, the signal to let the journalists in. They scrambled to get in and were lucky to see Pacquiao winding up his training.

‘One Friend’


SPARRING WITH ASSISTANT BUBOY FERNANDEZ

As he was being given a rubdown by Fernandez and Neri, Pacquiao closed his eyes and sang “One Friend” by Dan Seals with feeling. As he sang the line “If I had only one friend left, I’d want it to be you,” it might have been in reference to Fernandez, a boyhood friend.

Or perhaps, aware of the song’s message regarding faith, understanding and belief anchored on one friend, the devout born-again Christian might have been singing about God.

As always, Pacquiao replied to all questions, including his possible inclusion in the fourth edition of the “Expendables” movie series. “Let’s talk about it after the fight,” he said.

Asked to comment on Roach’s remark that he’s so ready he would have wanted the fight to happen tomorrow, Pacquiao replied that he’d waited this long, so he could wait for May 2 to finally fight Mayweather at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

A broadcaster asked if he was going to shave for his appearance in the Jimmy Kimmel Live show on Wednesday night. He replied: “Do I need to?”

Always mean in the ring

He was asked: Why, do you want to look mean for the fight?

He replied: “I’m always mean in the ring, but not outside the ring.”

After good-natured banter with a Los Angeles-based Filipino TV reporter who had trouble with a tongue-twisting Tagalog word, he turned serious.

He sent a message to the Filipino people: “Don’t be nervous. I’ll be the one fighting. Please pray for me.”

When he stepped out of the gym, Pacquiao approached two boxing fans who had been waiting for him at the parking lot for nearly seven hours.

He spoke with Jember Carcamo of Los Angeles and Memo Gomez of Mexico, both of whom have cerebral palsy, and signed their memorabilia before leaving in his black Mercedes Benz.

After Pacquiao left, Gomez pushed Carcamo, who is wheelchair-bound, through the throng of fans that had also waited there to see the eight-division world champion.

Carcamo said he was a great fan of Pacquiao and was excited to meet him. He said he had seen Pacquiao a few times but this was the first time he got to shake hands with the Filipino boxing icon.


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Robin Padilla to politicians attending Pacquiao-Mayweather: Spend your own money, not our taxes


PADILLA

Nagbigay-paalala ang action superstar na si Robin Padilla sa mga pulitikong manonood ng laban nina Manny Pacquiao at Floyd Mayweather Jr. sa MGM Grand sa Las Vegas, Nevada, sa May 2.

“Tax ba natin 'yan?” pabirong tanong ni Robin nang makausap siya ng ilang reporters sa isang press conference kahapon, April 20.

Madalas kasing may mga pulitikong nanonood nang live sa mga laban ng Saranggani representative at Pinoy boxing champ na si Manny.

Kaya naman umaasa si Robin na sa pagtutuos nina Pacquiao at Mayweather ay mula sa sariling bulsa ng mga pulitiko ang gagamitin nilang panggastos sa panonood nito.

Katuwiran ng aktor, “Hindi naman ako puwedeng tumigil [sa pagkomento] kasi magbabayad na naman tayo sa June.

"Bayaran na naman sa June ng tax.

“Siyempre, tuwing magbabayad ako ng tax, sumasakit ang loob ko.

“Wala akong ibang masisisi kundi yung mga pulitiko.

“Huwag naman sumama ang loob nila sa akin.

“Hindi naman 'yan isang bagay na hindi natin alam lahat. Alam nating lahat 'yon.”

Kaya mariing ipinaalala ni Robin sa mga pulitiko: “Sana sa laban ni Manny Pacquiao, pera nila ang ginamit nila, hindi pera natin.” — PEP


MANILA TIMES

Boxing great Foreman sees Pacquiao in 6 April 25, 2015 1:27 am


Foreman

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Former world heavyweight champion George Foreman likes Manny Pacquiao over unbeaten Floyd Mayweather in their welterweight showdown next week in Las Vegas and warns a loss could devastate Mayweather.

Foreman has plenty of experience in superfight history, having suffered his first career defeat in a mega-bout spectacular in Zaire to Muhammad Ali in the fabled 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle.”

And he sees a strong start for Pacquiao, a big rally by Mayweather but a decision for the Filipino icon, who is 57-5 with two drawn and 38 knockouts.

“I think Pacquiao to win six rounds, the seventh will be kind of even. Mayweather will come on in the last rounds but it will be too late. The fight will be won by a single round,” Foreman said.

“Mayweather starts off early looking for a rhythm, Pacquiao will pop him early on, he will tire and Mayweather will come on in the later rounds but he will lose.

“It’s going to be a fantastic, amazing boxing match. It will live up to all the hype, it really will.”

$10 for weigh-in

Meanwhile, promoters of the Pacquiao-Mayweather mega fight have taken the unusual step of charging for the weigh-in after a limited number of tickets for the fight were snapped up almost immediately on Thursday.

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Tickets for the May 1 weigh-in, also at the Grand Garden Arena inside the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, will go on sale Friday and cost $10 each.

“The weigh-in is always the grand finale of fight week activities.” said Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive of Mayweather Promotions.

“And with the massive interest in this fight, the number of fans looking to attend the official weigh-in is going to be something we’ve never seen before.”

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum also on Thursday said the money from the sale of weigh-in tickets will go to charity.

“The charge of $10 for the weigh-in will benefit two great charities. All proceeds will go right to them. This is a win-win situation for all,” Arum added.

Weigh-ins are supposed to be free to the public. But promoters are hoping that by charging $10, they will discourage thousands of boxing fans from camping out overnight at the MGM to try and snag a ticket.

Floyd’s fate

Foreman knows all too well the impact on a fighter who goes into such a bout unbeaten and comes out a loser, a fate he predicts for Mayweather, 47-0 with 26 knockouts.

It took Foreman 15 months to climb back into the ring against another opponent after losing to Ali, his first defeat after 40 career wins.

“I’m the one guy who knows what it’s like to be undefeated going into a fight like that and to be knocked off that pedestal,” he said.

“Pacquiao has it a little better. He is already picked as the underdog.

There’s not a whole lot of pressure on him. But when you have never lost before in a fight of this magnitude, there’s so much pressure on you, more pressure than you have ever had before, more pressure than on any other athlete right now.”

It was 1991 before Foreman again fought for a world title and it was not until 1994, just over 20 years after losing to Ali, before he reclaimed the title, defeating Michael Moorer to become, at 45, the oldest champion in heavyweight history.

“You lose your perspective on who you are as a human being,” he said, adding that could be a reason why a rematch would not take place.

“This could devastate him [Mayweather] as a boxer, not as a man but as a boxer. He might have to go out in the country somewhere if he lost.”

‘Loneliest hours’

Foreman, now 66, has an insight into what Pacquiao and Mayweather are going through and he stressed the solitude each fighter must face.

“This is probably, for Pacquiao and Mayweather, the loneliest hours they have ever had in their lives,” he said.

“They have a lot of people around to train with but there’s no one to talk this around with. You can only talk to yourself. There’s nowhere to go but inside yourself. It’s lonely.”

Foreman advised Mayweather to attack early and go for combinations and power punches rather than make defensive moves and counterpunch, waiting for great chances.

“Against Pacquiao, you have to throw hard shots and go for the finish two or three times,” he said.

“He’s going to have to throw combinations and big punches. You’re not going to get a knockout but try early anyway to stay ahead on points.

“He can only use that counterpunching if somebody is attacking.

Pacquiao uses his style and angles, he is hard to land on with a counterpunch. Mayweather is a defensive genius, but believe me, to win these rounds it’s going to take offense.”

Foreman was part of an HBO pre-fight special in which he joined Britain’s retired heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis and Bernard Hopkins, who broke Foreman’s record as boxing’s oldest major champion, to examine big fights ahead of what figures to be the richest bout in boxing history.

“Us old guys love the comparisons. It gives us a chance to live again,” Foreman said. “The comparisons are good although this is a great fight by itself.”


TRIBUNE

Pac-Floyd weigh-in costs $10 Written by Tribune Wires Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00


2015 FIGHT METER

LOS ANGELES — Promoters of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather mega fight have taken the unusual step of charging for the weigh-in after a limited number of tickets for the fight were snapped up almost immediately on Thursday.

Tickets for the May 1 weigh-in, also at the Grand Garden Arena inside the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, will go on sale Friday and cost $10 each.

"The weigh-in is always the grand finale of fight week activities." said Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive of Mayweather Promotions.

"And with the massive interest in this fight, the number of fans looking to attend the official weigh-in is going to be something we've never seen before."

Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said Thursday the money from the sale of weigh-in tickets will go to charity.

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"The charge of $10 for the weigh-in will benefit two great charities. All proceeds will go right to them. This is a win-win situation for all," said Arum.

Under Arizona law, weigh-ins are supposed to be free to the public. But promoters are hoping that by charging $10 they will discourage thousands of boxing fans from camping out overnight at the MGM to try and snag a ticket.

Mayweather against Pacquiao is the biggest boxing spectacle in recent memory and it will go a long way towards determining who is the greatest fighter of their era.

Both fighters are expected to make well over $100 million from the welterweight unification bout with 60 percent of the purse going to Mayweather and Pacquiao collecting the other 40 percent.

A very limited number of tickets for the richest fight in boxing history went on sale Thursday and sold out quickly. The Los Angeles Times reported that just 500 tickets in the 16,800 seat arena were made available to the general public.

The tickets for the public were priced as high as $7,500 with the cheapest going for $1,500.

The release of fight night tickets comes just nine days before the May 2 fight after their distribution was held up for weeks because of a contract dispute between Pacquiao's camp, Mayweather Promotions and the MGM Hotel.

World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association welterweight champion Mayweather and Filipino superstar Pacquiao agreed to the fight in February after years of on and off again speculation over whether the two future hall of famers would ever meet.


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Roach skips awards night for obvious reasons Dino Maragay | Updated Saturday April 25, 2015 - 5:06pm 0 0 Google +0 0


Freddie Roach. AP

LOS ANGELES - Freddie Roach was supposed to receive his seventh Trainer of the Year Award from the Boxing Writers Association of America on Friday (Saturday in Manila) at the Capitale in New York.

But Roach, obviously, had more pressing matters to attend to, which is to get Manny Pacquiao ready for his biggest fight to date against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas next week.

Instead, the bespectacled trainer sent his brother Alan to accept the prestigious award on his behalf.

"I wish I could be there, but we have more important things to do here," Roach told Filipino scribes after Pacquiao's workout at the Wild Card Gym.

The Eddie Futch-John F.X. Condon Award won by Roach for an unprecedented seven times further cemented his reputation as one of the best boxing cornermen ever.

But Roach, confidently sitting on the ring apron at the Wild Card, said he's not done yet raking in the awards.

By the end of the year, he insisted he's getting another trophy.

"Manny assured me that I'll win an eighth award next year because he's knocking Mayweather out," said Roach, smiling.

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Roach believes he has done his homework with Pacquiao, who on May 2 (May 3 in Manila) will embark on a mission to become the first fighter to defeat Mayweather and claim the title as the planet's best boxer.

Roach and Pacquiao's relationship spans more than a decade already, with the former considering the latter as his best work. Their pairing will inevitably go down in history as among the finest.

Pacquiao, for his part, wouldn't be where he is right now without Roach's guidance.

That's why he promised victory for his longtime trainer

"I like it when Manny says things like that," Roach said.

The 54-year-old Roach bagged the award for guiding Pacquiao to comeback wins against Timothy Bradley and Chris Algieri, and for leading Miguel Cotto to the WBC middleweight title with a TKO victory over Sergio Martinez.


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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao's fight sold out within minutes and tickets immediately appeared on websites for as much as £94,000 ($141,000). 24 April 2015 Last updated at 10:15 GMT


TICKETMASTER ONLINE-- But within minutes they appeared on sites such as StubHub - an online marketplace owned by eBay - with the cheapest priced at £3,511 ($5,270)American Mayweather, 38, and Filipino Pacquiao, 36, are considered two of the best fighters of their generation and the bout, which has been in the pipeline for five years, is set to generate £162m ($250m).

Only 1,000 tickets were made available to the public for the fight on 2 May at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Jump media playerMedia player helpOut of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. Mayweather v Pacquiao: Fight of the Century preview

The remaining 15,500 seats will go to fighters, sponsors and promoters.

The cheapest ticket for the bout cost £1,000 ($1,500), rising to about £5,000 ($7,500).

Tickets for the fighters' weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena go on sale on Friday from 20:00 BST - with all funds raised going to charity.

"The weigh-in is always the grand finale of fight week activities," said Mayweather's promoter Leonard Ellerbe.

"And with the massive interest in this fight, the number of fans looking to attend the official weigh-in is going to be something we've never seen before".

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The contest between the two has been set since February, but a ticket contract was only finalised this week.

Ticketmaster website Ticketmaster's website stated no tickets were available only minutes after they went on sale

Fight tickets officially went on sale on Thursday at 20:00 BST on the MGM Grand's website and Ticketmaster.

But within minutes they appeared on sites such as StubHub - an online marketplace owned by eBay - with the cheapest priced at £3,511 ($5,270).

American Mayweather, 38, and Filipino Pacquiao, 36, are considered two of the best fighters of their generation and the bout, which has been in the pipeline for five years, is set to generate £162m ($250m).

Mayweather has won all 47 of his fights, 26 by knockout, while Pacquiao has a record of 57 wins, five losses and two draws.


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Pacman is 100 percent ready Apr. 26 Featured, Pacquiao 0 Comments


MANNY "HAS REACHED HIS PEAK!"

LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao is ready to rumble while Floyd Mayweather is set to take a tumble.

PacquiaoThat’s the belief of Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame cornerman Freddie Roach, who told mediamen early Friday night that the Filipino star has reached his peak.

“Everything is coming into play,” Roach said when pressed about the condition Pacquiao is in a little over a week before meeting Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“I don’t think he’s going to get better (anymore),” stressed Roach, noting that Pacquiao is now at 100 percent and that the remaining days will be devoted to keeping him in shape.

Pacquiao will spar for the penultimate time Saturday and will have his last taste of sparring on Monday, just before the entire team travels to Sin City.

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Roach thinks they have all the bases covered and that everything points to a resounding victory on May 2.

“His power is unbelievable and his feet is unbelievable. We have the better puncher and the faster puncher (in Pacquiao),” said Roach, who sent his elder brother Alan in New York on Friday to pick up his seventh Trainer of the Year from the Boxing Writers Association of America.

The BWAA’s acknowledgement of his success is due largely to Pacquiao’s meteoric rise and Roach could not help but flash a grin when his No. 1 fighter made the assurance that he will win his eighth next year.

“Manny told me I will win my eight (award) next year because he will be knocking Mayweather out,” he said.

Pacquiao is not known to boast and talk trash during interviews and most of the peppery quotes are drawn when there is no tape recorder that is shoved in front of him.

So when Roach personally heard it straight from Pacquiao’s mouth, he was almost delirious with excitement knowing it was a sign that he won’t settle for an ordinary win.

“I like it when he says that…and it shows how much this fight means to him.”

Still, Roach is never sure of what’s going through Mayweather’s mind and the first round would provide a sneak-peek into how the fight will unfold.

“The first round should tell everything if it’s a boring fight or not.”


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