Las Vegas: Floyd Mayweather Jr insisted that his blockbuster fight against Manny Pacquiao is about boxing and business, not angels and demons, as the rivals went eyeball-to-eyeball at their final pre-fight press conference.
Pacquiao goes into Saturday's bout that has the boxing world buzzing trailing a mantle of humanitarian deeds. "I want to inspire," Pacquiao said. But Mayweather won't be playing the devil, despite a history that includes two months in jail in 2012 for an assault on an ex-girlfriend in front of two of their children.
"I am a realist," said Mayweather, the 38-year-old American who has parlayed a perfect 47-0 ring record into a reign as the highest paid sportsman on the planet.
"This fight is not good versus evil. It is one fighter who is at the top and another."
It was Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach who first billed the fight as good against evil, citing Mayweather's record of domestic violence. "For the first time in my life with Manny Pacquiao, this is the first fighter he hasn't liked. I can tell," Roach said earlier this month.
Mayweather, an energetic trash-talker in his younger days, has often courted controversy. But Mayweather, who said this week he expects a payday of USD 200 million for this fight alone, says none of that will matter when he steps in the ring.
"I believe in my skills. I believe I will be victorious," said Mayweather, who puts his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association welterweight belts on the line against Pacquiao.
Tale of the Tape ahead of Saturday's Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather welterweight world title fight: Floyd Mayweather Manny Pacquiao Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA born Kiama, Sarangani Province, Philippines Las Vegas, Nevada, USA lives Kiama, Sarangani Provice, Philippines 47-0 (26 knockouts) record 57-5-2 (38 knockouts) Feb 24, 1977 (38) birthdate Dec 17, 1978 (36) 147 pounds (67 kg) weight 147 pounds (67 kg) 5ft 8in (1.73 m) height 5ft 6in (1.68 m) 72in (1.83 m) reach 67in (1.7 m) 38.5in (97.79 cm) chest 38in (97cm) 39.5in (100.33 cm) chest-exp 41in (104.14cm) 12.5in (31.75 cm) biceps 13in (33.02 cm) 11in (27.94 cm) forearms 12in (30.48 cm) 31in (78.74 cm) waist 30in (76.2 cm) 22in (55.88 cm) thigh 20in (50.8 cm) 15in (38.1 cm calf 13in (33.02 cm) 16.5in (41.91 cm) neck 15.5in (39.37 cm) 7in (17.78 cm) wrist 8in (20.32 cm) 8in (20.32cm) fist 10in (25.4 cm)