Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown expects Floyd Mayweather to beat Manny Pacquiao.
Floyd Mayweather Sr and Freddie Roach agreed on one thing on Thursday: Floyd’s son will try to knock out Manny Pacquiao in the early rounds of their fight here on Saturday night.
Boxer Manny Pacquiao is expected to get at least $80 million for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, but Pacquiao said Thursday he was fighting for his fans, not necessarily for the money.
Any visiting Martians out there wondering what professional boxing is all about might be enlightened to learn that the hot-air press conference here on Wednesday for the Fight Of The Century lasted eight minutes longer than it is possible for Saturday night’s bout to detain us.
“Opening day and here’s the first pitch, and the season’s over.”
As befits the pantomime buffoonery that attends professional fisticuffs, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather made their “grand entrances” in Las Vegas on Tuesday in separate casinos, a mile and several hours apart, an appropriate metaphor for the lingering distance between them.
There is more at stake here on Saturday night than the unification of three versions of the welterweight title.
A lingering shadow hangs over Floyd Mayweather. As hundreds of journalists from around the world descend on Las Vegas this week to pour over every detail of his fight against Manny Pacquiao, the best boxer of his generation stands accused of making light of his troubling history of abusing women.
When Amir Khan sits alongside the cream of American sporting royalty at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, in a ringside seat worth around $100,000 (about £66,000) on the black market, he will be there as a guest of Al Haymon, the adviser he shares with Floyd Mayweather.
Fittingly, for a man whose epic achievements in the saddle have more than a whiff of Hollywood about them, the greatest jump jockey of all time, AP McCoy, yesterday rode off into the sunset on a horse called Box Office.
In one respect, it was heartening to hear Conor Benn talk about his professional debut in London this Saturday night – 20 years after his father retired – as if it were no more than a prologue to greatness, because boxing is not a business for the timid of heart.
Pineau De Re, winner of the Grand National in 2014, now seems certain to miss the cut for this year’s race on Saturday.
The tape will go up for the Grand National on Saturday at 5.15pm, the latest it has ever started, in the hope of an even bigger TV audience than the 8m or so of recent years, and allowing sports fans to follow the race on their way home from Saturday afternoon matches.