Ahead of his massive upcoming clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr, WBO welterweight title holder Manny Pacquiao has discussed being the underdog and negotiations for the fight which takes place on May 2 in Las Vegas.
How important was your meeting with Floyd Mayweather Jr. after the Miami Heat game in this fight becoming a reality?
“I thought it was a significant step because it showed me he understood the importance of making the fight, publicly and privately. But even before our meeting at the Miami Heat game and after the game, I was confident this fight would happen. I prayed for this fight to happen and the Lord delivered him to me.
“I was an underdog in the negotiations for this fight. I have been the underdog in the wagering on this fight. I am the underdog to win the fight by the media who are covering it. The odds that this fight would happen, five years after our first negotiation, was considered a long shot. And I love it. I love it all. I love being the underdog because every time I have been the underdog in a fight I have won. De La Hoya, Barerra and Ledwaba were all favored to destroy me. Being the underdog inspired me in training. Winning those fights gave hope and inspiration to those who needed it. It gave proof that someone like me, born in poverty, who came from the dirt, can achieve success against all odds with hard work and prayer. Being an underdog has always spurred me on to greater heights.
“It is time for Floyd to lose. When I enter the ring on May 2 it will be no different than when David faced Goliath.”
Mayweather-Pacquiao: At Last, a special film presented by HBO Sports detailing the road to the most anticipated fight of this era, debuts Saturday, April 18 at 12:00 a.m. ET/PT on HBO.
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao takes place Saturday, May 2 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.