By Jeff Riger
They’re calling it the biggest fight ever and by the turnout of media, fans the “spare no expense” atmosphere, I would say they’re correct.
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight on Saturday and it will be nothing but over-the-top promotion until then. Wednesday both fighters took part in their final press conference where I found out a couple of things about them. Pacquiao thanks God a lot while Mayweather wasn’t anywhere near as arrogant as I expected him to be. It actually bummed me out. I figured there would be guarantees, proclamations and maybe even a couple of curse words too but no such luck. Instead he was humble and thankful which is good in every situation except boxing.
Before the press conference, on radio row Mike Tyson was making his rounds. Well… he actually didn’t even intend to be there. Rumor has it he thought radio row was the press conference so he walked in and granted a couple of radio guys interviews. I don’t get star struck, that ended long ago, however I was always a big Tyson fan growing up. How could you not be?
I had so many questions for the former Heavy Weight Champ…
Favorite fight? Could he take both Mayweather and Pacquiao? How could he lose to Buster Douglas? Could he beat himself in ‘Mike Tyson’s Punch Out?’
Unfortunately Tyson had no time for us. We actually followed Mike almost all the way out of the casino hoping he would grant us an interview because he was away from everybody else, or maybe because he felt sorry for us, but no such luck. I had such high hopes but Mike Tyson blew us off.
Since we’re in Vegas, the plan is to talk to as many celebrities as possible and so far we’re still searching for our first but there is hope for tomorrow. Rumor has it Alan Iverson, Brandon Marshall and Evander Holyfield all will be around on Thursday so we’ll see what we can do. Until then, check out Mayweather and Pacquiao speaking at their last press conference before the fight.