GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. is ready to fight.
He will meet Manny Pacquiao in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2. They both stand to make a huge amount of cash — more than $100 million for Pacquaio and as much as $180 million for the favored Mayweather. It’s the richest fight in the history of boxing.
Mayweather told 24 Hour News 8 last week that he views the fight as the ultimate chess match, and he said no one plays better than him.
“Every time I get inside that square circle, you know, I take a chance,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s going to be a little bit of everything: Power-punching, smart boxing, counter-punching. A little bit of everything.”
He opened his Las Vegas boxing club to the media on Tuesday as promotion for the fight ramps up. Credentials for more than 200 people were issued. Among those present: Actor David Hasselhoff.
“I feel good,” Mayweather said. “Well-rested … I’m eating well, training well.”
The 38-year-old Grand Rapids native and welterweight champion is 47-0 professionally. That’s impressive. But Pacquiao is no slouch. The 36-year-old from the Philippines is 57-5-2.
“We got guys that’s pushing us to the limit,” Mayweather said. “I got sparring partners that’s making me work extremely hard. And I’m working extremely hard. Everything is going like it should go and I’m happy.”
24 Hour News 8 Sports Director Jack Doles will be in Las Vegas on May 2 for the fight. Pay-per-view costs $99.