Pacquiao, Mayweather return to training after a busy media day

LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are back in training camp after a long day of media rounds.

One of Pacquiao’s media stops on Wednesday also included a taping of the Jimmy Kimmel show in where he dressed up in Guillermo the security guard’s uniform.

Pacquiao and Kimmel joked that he was training to be the new security guard.

Before that, he and Mayweather took turns on a green screen filming the commercial for their upcoming May 2 mega-bout.

The late afternoon and evening scenes were a far cry from Wednesday’s atmosphere that rivaled the Grammy Awards and the Super Bowl.

After the long walk down the red carpet, and down the aisle, all eyes were focused on the Nokia Theater stage as the fighters faced off for the first time in the official press conference.

Crowds gathered outside the Nokia Theater but only a few special guests were allowed among the 700 members of the media inside the theater.

Among them, pop star Justin Bieber who joined the two boxing stars on stage for a photo op.

Both men took turns at the podium hyping up the fight.

The Pacman showed his spiritual side when he said, “The most important thing, not to us, to me, but it is the name of The Lord,” he said. “The name of The Lord will be glorified. There is God who can raise someone from nothing into something, and that’s me. I came from nothing into something. I owe everything to God.”

The undefeated Mayweather also showed his gratitude for the fight of the century finally becoming a reality as he touted his 47 win and zero loss record.

“When you lose it’s in your mind. If you lost once it’s in your mind. If you lose twice it’s in your mind. From day one I was always taught to be a winner. No matter what, be a winner. Push yourself to the limit,” he said.

Both fighters were calm as they faced off. While both promised a good fight on May 2, Coach Freddie Roach was straight to the point.

“We’re fighting the best fighter in the world and were going to kick his (expletive). Good luck Floyd,” quipped the hall of fame trainer.

Top Rank chief Bob Arum not only touted his prized Filipino fighter, he also praised global Filipinos for their contributions through Holocaust and World War II to the modern day health care workers.

“Growing up as a young boy I remember the Philippines for their graciousness and kindness,” said the Pacman’s promoter.

There are no other schedules press conferences. The two fighter won’t see each other face to face again until fight week.

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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