Ali vs Foreman. Sugar Ray vs Jake LaMotta. Erm, Rocky Balboa vs Tommy Gunn. Some fights go down in history.
Saturday’s Mayweather Vs Pacquiao welterweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas looks set to be one of these fights. Having been in the pipeline for five years – and dubbed ‘The Fight Of The Century – the match will once and for all settle the question of who is this generation’s greatest pound-for-pound fighter.
According to William Hill, the odds on Mayweather winning by KO are 11/2, while the same odds for Pacquiao are at 5/1.
Here, we take a look at what we know about each fighter’s training regime to help you decide where to put your money.
Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (38) has been training at his Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas in the two month run-up to the fight.
As reported by the BBC, Mayweather has favoured a Rocky Balboa ‘throwback training’ approach to developing his strength, incorporating chopping 700lb tree trunks, an evolution of hitting tyres with a sledgehammer passed down from his father, Floyd Sr.
According to Sports Illustrated’s look inside Mayweather’s training camp, the boxer is ‘nocturnal, vampire-like’ and will wake up in the early hours of the afternoon, stay up all night, then sleep after eating his breakfast – a technique apparently evolved from running home from nightclubs.
The most outlandish story, however, comes from TMZ and concerns Mayweather’s 220-degree Cryotheraphy sessions, intended to heal his body and aid with muscle repair. The liquid nitrogen sessions apparently last 90 seconds to 3 minutes and regularly took place at 4am.
Meanwhile 36-year-old Manny Pacquiao has been training at the Wild Card Gym in L.A.
A promotional video from Nike gave an insight into Pacquiao’s training regime this week, showing the Filipino working on his reach with a combination of medicine ball and sit-up work. During the video Pacquiao talks about the importance of training his mind and demonstrates a Rocky-esque ability at running up stairs. So far so old school.
Speaking to the LA Times, long-time trainer Freddie Roach said he has been getting Pacquiao ready by insulting Mayweathe: "I've talked a lot, said a lot of things about Floyd. We have to win the fight. Have to. And I think we will." No pressure then.
Roach is also hoping to make the best of Pacquiao’s biggest asset: his lefthanded jab, forcing the boxer not to throw a single right handed punch in his sparring sessions, in order to make his left even more powerful.
Will inner strength and a southpaw’s advantage help Pacqiao win, or will Mayweather’s nocturnal old school-meets-science approach take the belt?
Whatever happens, the real winner will be
the fans boxing promoters, with the fight expected to generate up to $300m in revenue – $250k of which, incidentally, comes from P Diddy and Mark Wahlberg who threw obscene sums behind Mayweather and Pacqiao respectfully.
Mayweather Vs Pacquiao will air 4am GMT on Saturday 2 May through Sky Sports Box Office.
Who's your money on?