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Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao – Latest round-by-round score, news updates, live report and result from Las Vegas on Saturday May 2, 2015. Fight time 4am BST



Pacquiao never threatened to attack Mayweather with the sustained ferocity that has become his trademark. Perhaps the sixth-round knockout that he suffered at the hands of Juan Manuel Márquez in 2012 was a portent after all, for he looked a diminished force here, landing a slender fraction of his punches compared to his opponent. Trainer Freddie Roach had claimed that he needed to wage a perfect fight to stand any hope of victory, and this was far too flawed a performance to make that possible. He faded badly in the last five rounds as Mayweather, characteristically, identified his every weakness. He is a charming and endearing figure, but his subsequent argument that he won this contest did him scant credit.


Crikey, Omar here didn’t think much of it:

E-mailThe fight was terrible, by both fighters’ standards. Paquio did not fight like pacman. Mayweather didn’t even live up to his standards. I will not watch either boxer fight again; huge disappointment. Put it like this; de la Hoya mayweather was a better fight and that was bad. Tito de la Hoya was better and that was worst. There goes boxing.

Justin Woodburn reckoned Floyd is a bit special though:

E-mailFloyd Mayweather is the greatest fighter of any era. He is in my opinion the best fighter of all times. And has one of the most unique fighting styles I have ever seen.


Let’s get some emails. Kasey Rose, you have the nicest name, so you can go first:

E-mailOf course it wasn’t a fair fight. Mayweather had to LIBEL LIBEL LIBEL. He was kept on the defensive the entire night and got far fewer and far less substantial hits in than Pacquiao. Mayweather is a total wuss.

David Anderson says:

E-mailJulio César Chávez greatest boxing fighter in the world pound 4pound.He holds records for most successful defenses of world titles (27), most title fight victories (31), most title fights (37), and he is after Joe Louis (with 23) for most title defenses won by knockout (21). Chávez also has the longest undefeated streak in boxing history, 13 years. His record was 89-0-1 going into his first official loss to Frankie Randalland had an 87 fight win streak until his draw with Pernell Whitaker. Chávez also set the record for the largest attendance for a boxing match, with 132,274… (He will never bet this record forever)

K Swish says:

E-mailAbsolutly not…..not enough excitement for me…for 100$$$$ omg…..ill go to a sports bar an take advantage of their t.v. 1st….too much $$$ for that….if it were 60$ sure….

Noriel Torres:

E-mailSorry but the decision was not really right. Manny is right floyd was just turning back, running back , hugging while punching, thats was so cheating. Isnt it?

Hang Castro says:

E-mailIf they are getting that much money,I want to see blood, going all out brawl kind of things. No playing it safe.

Ram Lal not alone in wishing that they scored boxing by different rules to how they actually score boxing.

E-mailI think Manny Pacquiao should of won against Mayweather as Mayweather did not attack whereas Pacquiao cornered him several times. I do not think this is a fair match and I was like to watch a rematch


Oh snap. This does not make great reading for Pac-fans. From the computer punch scoring system.


Wisest tweet of the night so far comes from, who else, Chuck D


The discussion on the TV is now switching to whether Mayweather is the greatest of all time. Undefeated, having beaten every opponent out there. It’s easy to make a case that the answer is yes.


Here are some of the scenes post-fight:


I agree with the principle but I think the best man on the night won here.

Floyd probably got away with holding and leaning that a different ref could have been harsher on, but… you know. Fair result, IMHO.


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Here’s Gareth A Davies on the scoring.

The judges had it 118-110 ,116-112, 116-112. The first score is too wide, but I don’t disagree with 116-112. I had it 115-113. Would still like to see a second fight – but not if it takes 5 and a half years.

Here’s our boxing correspondent Gareth A Davies’s round-by-round verdict.


Here’s Manny Pacquiao:

QuoteIt was a good fight. I got him many times. I saw the punches. I thought I won the fight. He is moving around, it is not easy to throw a lot of punches. I can handle his power. He is not strong like some others. He’s not bigger than me, the size doesn’t matter, I have fought bigger guys.

Obnoxious interviewer, I thought. “Well we at ringside all thhought the judges got it right.” Come on mate. He’s just lost a fight.


Here’s Floyd Mayweather speaking, to a solid chorus of boos:

QuoteFirst off, I want to thank God. I want to think all the fans around the world. This was a hell of a fight. I take my hat off to Manny Pacquiao, now I see why he is one of the guys at the pinacle of boxing. I am truly blessed. Manny Pacquaio is truly blessed. I am a calculating fighter. He is a tough competitor. I had to take my time with him. My last fight is in September.

Charming and inspiring word for his sponsors as well.


Unanimous decision for Floyd Mayweather

Manny accepts it with grace and class.


Warm words and hugs between the fighters at the end. Cheers for Manny, boos for Floyd.


Results as soon as! Carl Froch: “If you understand boxing, you will say that Mayweather totally nullified Pacquiao. That wasn’t a spectacle but there was so much technique there.” Here’s how TV’s Jim Watt scored it:


They’re out for the last round. The fighters hug at the start of it. Perhaps Floyd’s feeling well disposed because he’s thinking about the rematch payday. Well, now or never…. or maybe we’ll come back in a year’s time, who knows. There’s a straight left from Manny, but Floyd is dancing out of the way, he’s enjoying this, and why not, he’s got Pac right where he wants him, this is a gentle cruise home barring disasters. Manny’s corner not looking too happy. Manny gamely coming forward. And that’s it! Both men celebrating at the end.

Gareth: MP needs a big round. Look at Mayweather take the centre of the ring and flick out the jab. Great left by Floyd. Manny grins after they clinch. How can you not love the guy. Look at Mayweather again. Boxer beating cultured brawler. But Pacquiao went after Floyd there and chased him down to the wire. All the support for Pacman, but Mayweather toyed there. And booed afterwards. Both men with hands in the air. Both champions. I have Mayweather winning this fight. Mayweather 10-9.


Floyd tags Manny right from the bell! He’s caught Manny there. But soon the fight resumes its pattern: Manny lunging forward, Floyd dancing out of the way. Manny not throwing enough. One punch attacks aren’t going to do it against this counterpunching defensive genius. Left right combo from Mayweather.

Gareth says: “That’s interesting. Floyd coming out at the start of the winging right hand. They land. It’s to get the judges’ attention. He knows it is quite close Mayweather’s use of the jab in this fight, to measure his right hand, has been brilliant. Pacquiao still attacking, landing, still disciplined, which he needs to be. He’s often much more aggressive than this. Brilliant defence again from FM. Mayweather winning the round with movement and single shots. Mayweather may toy with Pacquiao now – MP has to go for it. Mayweather 10-9


Come on Manny, up that rate. First minute of this round is pretty quiet, but Manny has barrelled Floyd into the corner. But Floyd is out of there like an otter slithering out of a pot of melted Nutella. “He needs to give the judges something to like,” says Jim Watt. Manny having a good round though, he is making the running in this one. “I don’t think he has got the strength or the fitness to do it. Mayweather has nullified him.” CArl Froch makes a harsh assessment.

Gareth disagrees with the commentators: “That left of Pacquiao is thrilling. It brings the fight – and Floyd – very much alive., See that beautiful movement and defence from Floyd on the ropes. So hard to do, so brilliant. Manny the aggressor, Floyd now in winning on points mode. Not lot of punches landed This is going to be very close. Controversy brewing… Pacquiao 10-9


Nice lunging left from Manny gets through. But apart from that hard-charging spell in round four, Manny’s been one shot at a time. not able to put enoguh combos together. Think we could get a fishy decision here though, maybe. Floyd not exactly looking to knock his man out. It’s classy, it’s composed – is it a bit bloodless? Will the judges judge it harshly?


Manny taking some more risks now. Lands a left, swings wildly and misses now. Jim Watt says: “you have to take risks against FM. You cannot beat him at his own game.” Couple of flurries. Pac chasing it in this round but he’s not really finding Floyd. Floyd dropping the hands now, starting to large it up a bit, Manny looking the more tired of the two I would say. It’s been engaging and Mayeather’s defence has been super, but there have only been sporadic squalls of real excitement. Floyd back in calm control in this round.

Gareth: “Winging left, then left uppercut from Pacman but Floyd still setting traps. Notice that straight right land from the ropes ? MP cannot afford to get reckless. Floyd could knock Manny out as he falls in. Couple of great left hooks from Floyd, That’s new in this fight. Pacquiao 10-9”


Floyd electric defence again, darting away from Manny. He’s keeping Manny at distance in this round. Tags him with three jabs. That’s money. A slower round. Carl Froch: “Manny needs to sustain the punch rate and I cannot see him doing that.”


Manny ups the tempo again, as he must. And he manages to trap Floyd in the corner and unloads a flurry. Now he’s got him on the ropes, pounding away at the body. Floyd shake his head! Saying, nah mate, not bothered. Floyd gets back out in the centre of the ring and has sort of taken control again, but until he can actually hurt Pacquaio, he is not going to shut him down. And who knows how the judges are scoring all this?


Floyd needs, and gets, a quieter round. He’s inviting Pac onto him. Manny cannot let the blood get up too much, get knocked out as he charges forward. Manny looking to “box” more in this round rather than the fourth round when he just went at him hard and whaling. Floyd’s supporters will have enjoyed that round much more. At the end of the round, the ref tells Mayweather to keep his punches up.


More promising start to this round. Manny is throwing at an incredible rate and he has landed a couple at the start of round four. And now here’s a flurry of blows from Manny! pings him with a left, he’s into this now and he has hurt Floyd, who is covering up on the ropes. And now he’s caught him with a right in the cenre of the ring, this is Manny’s best few monents yet. This is more like it for Manny, he’s whaling punches on him but Mayweather’s defence is very, very good. A huge number of blows but how many of them actually hurt is harder to say. He was working the body good and hard. That’s Manny’s round no doubt.


Off and running again. Manny has barely landed one. Fight settling into a pattern. Pac charges… but Floyd is not there. There’s a shot from Manny though, lunging right that glances. Floyd throws a couple towards the end of the round. Mayweather stuck Manny with a low blow in that round, it glanced off Manny’s glove.


Manny lunges and Floyd tags him. Slight slip from Floyd, but that was just a footing thing. Manny bringing great energy, but swinging wildly. Manny grabs Floyd. He’s managed to back him into the corner but it’s more by wrestling than fighting. Pac like a little bull, head down charging. Mayweather defence looking impeccable. Crowd are roaring Manny forward but it’s like trying to thump a shadow at the moment. The bell goes and I would say that round was a tie, Floyd didn’t really throw that many. Manny threw a lot, but just didn’t land. Latoya writes:

“First comment from a lady??? Manny is humble and has promised to do good with all his winnings so I’m cheering and praying with the whole of the Philippines that he wins. Buttttt it’s likely that Floyd will take it. I hate it. But Floyd to win.


And here comes Floyd Money Mayweather. Remarkable jacket. Loads of zips on it. In case he needs some pin money on the way into the ring? He is flanked by guards, there are quite a lot of boos in among the cheers.


And here come the fighters. Manny first. Fantastic ring walk. Soaking up the adulation. Stops to take a selfie! Smiles, a man in his element. Into the ring. Down on his knees, head against the post, praying.

Gareth A Davies: “Unreal. Manny Pacquiao pausing for a selfie. That is fitting too. This is, don’t forget, the first megafight of the social media era. That’s why for me it’s one of the most significant fights of all time for me. Manny in the ring. Then the music and the mood darkens. Mayweather is coming…”


A brilliant gallery of all the celeb atendees.

Gareth A Davies: “These are the Japanese TV guys sitting directly to the left of me -occasionally they are unhappy that I am in their shot in my red paisley shirt. Animated Japanese voices are awesome. I genuinely have never seen so many different nationalities at a fight here working media. Even Mongolia have come for Manny. But I can see that. You ? For the record over 1000 accredited media here. I’m one of the lucky ones bring in here, so close to almost feel the sweat blood and snarls and smells.


News on the PPV thang.

The stunning demand for pay-per-view telecasts of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather mega-fight has caused a 45-minute delay of the main event, as broadcasters struggle to get back on air.

Millions of boxing fans in the US who paid as much $100 to watch the fight were experiencing blackouts due to the record demand.

Viewers trying to tune in on cable TV are complaining that they are stuck watching a black screen during the undercard fight – just minutes from what has been dubbed the fight of the century. There are reports the start of the bout has been delayed as technicians try to rectify the problem.

Time Warner, Optimum, DirecTV, Charter, Comcast and AT&T customers all complained of experiencing the same issues – ranging from pixilated screens to screens going to black after the broadcast had started.

The scale of the problem was enough to have telecasters Showtime and HBO hold up the main fight for about 45 minutes.

Many missed some, or all, of the undercard fight, which saw Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko defend his WBO featherweight title against Gamalier Rodriguez of Puerto Rico.


Anyhoo, enough of that madness. Here come the fighters.


Wow. Jamie Foxx. “Why use one note when four will do?” says picture editor Alex. He’s absolutely pestering that final note, giving it the full Mariah Carey. Feller me lad on the organ is also going beserk, he’ll need a bucket of ice for those fingers later.


Philippines national anthem next. And now Jamie Foxx to sing the USA one, accompanied by solo barrel organ, by the sound of it. This is totally amazing and fitting indeed of this enormous spectacle.


And that action is happening in the form of national anthems. We are starting with the Mexican national anthem! Erm ok. It’s Cinco De Mayo soon, says MC Michael Buffer.

Hope we’re not going to get a selection of national anthems. Somebody alert David Luiz!


I mean, yeah… The longer they leave it, the more people might buy it. We could be hear for ages! Hang on though. Action is happening!


McCrory makes the good point that one of the excellent things about this fight is that, as far as we know, both camps went really well, so we should be seeing the best of both men.




Word from Gareth A Davies:

Here’s view from my seat. Editor Mike Adamson asked me if I’m excited, I played it cool. The truth is I am buzzing. I love fight sports and I respect what it can – and cannot – do. This is an amazing match up not just of boxers – because Mayweather is a much greater stylist – but a clash of stories cultures, and race. Could not be bigger. Or more diverse. These are the primeval moments the readiness off the ring walk. Let’s not rush this…

This fight really has crossed over into the mainstream. My wife has just texted me from the UK: “My prediction – Pacquiao to get a help from the hand of God in round 5 and KO Mayweather.” Love ya, babe.


Glenn McCrory says: “Mayweather looks ready. He’s warmed up but not sweating. He looks calm. Manny looks pensive.”


Manny P has not put his gloves on yet.


“Both of us, Floyd and I, are working hard to put our name in boxing history,” Manny said at the final press conference. How will history juge the winner of this? What about the loser? Where do you rate these men in the pantheon of the sport’s greats?


Paul Edwards writes:

E-mailAlan – greetings from Dhaka where am sat in a traffic jam “watching” the fight here… Heart says Manny – but expecting the head to win through.. Keep up the good work!


Three-way tie between Bieber, Paris Hilton and gridiron smuggins Tom Brady for most annoying celeb attendee so far.


Stirring video package now, one of those things that the BBC do so brilliantly, and… well… this one isn’t quite on the money. VICTORY WILL STIR IN ETERNITY or something. Okay. Never mind that, what does Paris Hilton think about it all?



Right then. So, the support acts have done their okayish thing. Now for the main event.


Blimey, Bob Dylan’s in!


Santa Cruz wins it, takes every round on the scorecards, and rightly so.


Ambitions of a 4am start have proved, well, ambitious. The fighters from this undercard bout are still in the ring as the judges sort out the scorecards.


Meanwhile, the main man prepares.


This undercard fight has gone the distance and the unfancied man from Tijuana has done well to make it so. I don’t think there should be too much debate about the result.


Rich man’s game, this boxing.


I am looking forward to seeing that Jake G boxing flick


Shall we have a few famouses?


Here’s an email from Peter Clark:

E-mailI want Manny to win, and I think he can…but only if Mayweather has an off night. Come on Manny, kick some tush tonight


Has anyone had any problems with the PPV broadcast? And just as I type that, the following arrives from Oliver Brown:

There are multiplying reports that the pay-per-view in the US (yours for a cool $100 for high-definition) is not working. Apparently the DirecTV customer-service line has already jammed with irate clients. The excuse is that too many people – over three million – have signed up to watch.


There are a decent number of hanger-on celebs attending tonight, you won’t be surprised to hear. Here’s who they’re supporting.


The lad Cayetano is taking a bit of a pasting here. But with only five rounds gone, we’ve got potentially another 20 minutes in this fight. That would take us to 4am – which is when Mayweather vs Pacquiao is due to start. Hmm.


Oh, India. Sweet, naive, India.


Cayetano showing good heart and a chin though, and he’s managed to get a couple of words in himself in this second round against a significantly quicker and slicker opponent.


Well, fans in the arena who were hoping for a tight undercard contest here might be in for a disappointment. The boy Santa Cruz is all over Cayetano in this first round.


The big fight, and specifically Floyd Mayweather, has prompted a fierce debate about the ethics of a convicted domestic abuser fighting for this crazy big money. Here’s The Telegraph’s Jim White on the issue:

Over the years many people have tried to get close to Floyd Mayweather. And every one of them – opponents, wives, girlfriends and children – have ended up in the same way: bloodied, beaten and battered. When it comes to Mayweather, anyone who values their personal safety is advised to keep well away. He has fists that hurt. And he is more than happy to use them.

International boxing has long sold itself as a battle between good and evil. The economics of such a construct are simple: the more the public feels committed to a moral dispute, the more money is generated. Generally, it is a sales device; there is usually little to choose in moral outlook between the protagonists. Frankly, neither is ever likely to be in the running when choosing the next Pope. But in the case of the Fight of the Millennium, as today ’s Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao encounter modestly likes to portray itself, there is no question where each fighter stands. This really is a place where the good and the bad are in direct collision. This is a fight where the choice is stark.

Read more from Jim on that issue here


The fighters are in the ring for the final undercard fight. It’s Leo Santa Cruz against Jose Cayetano in a 125 pounds contest.


An email from one Royal Duncan:

E-mailwill like to be specific. I would’ve love May weather to win, But I think Pacquiao will be out victorious. I await your swift resp.

James Robert Humber says:

Thank you for your live updates on the big fight! I haven’t got Sky so I am relying on your at event commentary. I actually predict Manny will go down in the first round……. But Manny will go on to Knock out Mayweather and win the fight. It’s going to be a totally different fight we are going to see tonight. Both fighters are going in for the fight of there life’s and they are both going to switch up there style and we are going to see a spectacular fight and a very high tension explosion of wits and style…….


This is a bit more like it. Clint and Voight.


Hollywood entertainment mag Variety is reporting “Just ahead of one of the biggest fights in boxing history, dozens are taking to Twitter to complain of cable outages and other problems before Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight.”


And we’ve also just had TV pictures of Sting and Donald Trump arriving, but I won’t put them up becuase, you know, who wants to look at that?


With an hour to go until the big event, the stars are starting to arrive. Here’s top bi-polar spy lady Clare Danish! Well done Clare.


Here’s GarethA Davies with a counterpunch to entry at 02.39.

Two things Al… (I’m in fight mode)… You’ll never dress as well as me; and you’d never beat me in a fist fight. Our readers don’t know that you, Al, dress like a bistro owner. Btw this ‘blouse’ has been to Vegas over 50 times.

It’s true. It’d be quite a good bistro though, I think.



And here’s Oliver Brown:

Floyd Mayweather has done everything to ensure that he maximises his hometown advantage in Las Vegas. This fight could, and arguably should, have been held at the 110,000-seat Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, which has hosted Manny Pacquiao before, but Mayweather was adamant that he wanted an 11th consecutive appearance at the MGM Grand. His dressing room here is also four times the size of the Filipino’s.


Three-punch combo from the classy Lomachenko has left Rodriguez on one knee. He takes the ten count on one knee and this one-way fight is over. Not much of a contest but Lomachenko is a serious operator. Take away a solid first round and a series of low-blows and Rodriguez hardly had a look-in.

Gareth A Davies says:

For the uninitiated Vasyl Lomachenko has his father’s face tattooed on his body. It is called respect. He is also one of the top 5-8 talented movers and boxers I have ever seen. Off night tonight for him. Big time. He is much better than this. Double Olympic champ, with a great story too…


Lomachenko fighting clever and dominant and relentless but without much apparent appetite for a flamboyant finish to this one-sided contest. Hope that’s not an omen for the main event….


Rodriguez is on the brink here. He’s getting a schooling from a very serious fighter. A straight left to the solar plexus hurts him and then he’s dropped onto one knee by a short right hook. Saved by the bell there at the end of round seven.


And here’s Floyd from a couple of minutes previously.


Here’s Manny!


Poor old Rodriguez is getting his lunch handed to him. Here, you can do a twitters at me if you like. Here. @alantyers


More from Gareth A Davies:

Just called up to the broadcast room to talk about Manny Pacquiao on ABS-CBN – the equivalent of the BBC in the Philippines. Dyan Castillejo with me a former tennis player is one of the leading anchors. Their Sue Barker. As I said this is bigger than boxing, bigger than prize fighting. Manny Pacquiao is fighting for a people. Huge burden. But he accepts it… It’s a huge pressure. 108 million Filipinos watching him tonight … It is hard having covered Pacquiao’s fights since 2007 not to be amazed by his story.

Gosh, that IS a flamboyant blouse. And the Philippines lady is dressed nice, too.


Point docked for the Puerto Rican in round five.


Daniel Crooks says:

E-mailAfter watching previous fights of Manny Pacquiao over and over again I think he has incredible speed, stamina and power but even with all that I can’t see him beating Mayweather. He is a humble guy and he seems genuinely nice and I would love to see Manny come out on top but realistically I can’t see that happening. One thing is for sure, this will be an amazing fight. I see blood, sweat and knockdowns from both athletes in tonight’s fights but I’m still in favour of Floyd Mayweather. Team Mayweather. Hope you are well Alan, and what are your views on the fight?

Heart Manny, head Floyd, for me, Daniel.


Into round four, Rodiguez has tagged his opponent with a couple of low blows. Ref’s had a word. The man from the Ukraine getting the jab working nicely and this is rapidly looking like a done deal. A major gulf in class between the two men, Rodriguez is cut.


More emails. Here’s Mohammed Kashmiri:

E-mailMayweather win all the way stronger more competitive and a real fighter none the less pacquio will be a good opponent with a quarter chance of a win.

Jim Clyde Monge says:

E-mailHey I can’t watch the fight on tv so I’ll be tuning in your updates. I hope pacquiao wins! I’m filipino btw.

Stephen Armstrong adds:

E-mailMayweather to win. But I hope for the sake of the large filipino crew on the pipe laying vessel I’m working on its a manny win!


Lomachenko starting to get the jab working in the second round.


Solid start from both fighters here, Rodriguez holding his own.


Time for a few of your emails. Glen Allsopp says:

E-mailAlan. HUGE typo. Just kidding. Helping keep you awake ;) Really hoping for a Pacquiou victory although the chances are obviously in Mayweather’s favour. Would be interesting to see Floyd’s reaction when his ego takes a beating from a potential loss.

Clei Mize writes:

E-mailOf course Manny Pacquiao will win. He is a humble man who humble his self before God. We Filipinos are praying for his success. He is relax and calm why Mayweather is so stress and tense.

Di Fer says:

E-mailI want Manny to win, he seems so confident and I would feel bad if he lost. I also think Pacquiao will win, he’s a savage, he’ll bruise Floyd’s pretty face up! :P


The Ukranian cornermen are complaining to the ref about the height of Rodriguez’s belt. “It is a little tight under the armpits,” quips that excellent Scottish boxing commentator whose name has temporarily, annoyingly, escaped me. There was a bit of minor murmuring in the build up about Manny Pac’s cup, or box as we would call it in the UK, being a bit more protective than strictly necessary. Not that I would consider having your unmentionables thoroughly protected to be unnecessary if Floyd Mayweather was hitting you in or near them. Anyway, it all got worked out.


The lad Rodriguez is pretty keen on God, and has brought along a bible to help him out.


Undercard action as the Puerto Rican Gamalier Rodriguez takes on Vasyl Lomachenko of the Ukraine. WBO Featherweight champion Vasyl is a warm favourite, to say the least.


Gareth A Davies writes from the arena: “Hall of fame referee Joe Cortez tells me that Kenny Bayless will be on it tonight as the third man in the ring..”


I will bring you all the build up and news ahead of the 4am fight. So keep me company by answering the following questions: who do you think will win? And who do you want to win? Mail [email protected]


Evening all. Alan Tyers here to wrest control of the blog from the mighty Gareth A Davies. Two hours until kick-off.*

* Definitely.



The security is tighter tonight than I have known in 17 years of covering fights in Las Vegas. It is taking an age to get in. The MGM Grand is taking 40 minutes to walk through (about 400m), and there are more police at a fight event here than I have ever seen.

In some places there is a very heavy presence and the police will be quick to combat it. I don’t want to pre-empt anything happening, but these are the nights when stampedes and fights break out… and… They are keeping all the fans who do not have tickets well away from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Spot on.


I’ve just bumped into Amir Khan and he sees Mayweather as being too slick for Pacquiao. Amir, who is in training camp in San Francisco for his fight with Chris Algieri on May 29, says, of course, that he would give Mayweather more problems.


Wayne Rooney’s had his say…


Rory McIlroy admits he has been waiting restlessly for years for this fight but, having secured a pair of ringside seats, the world No 1 golfer is likely to have to give them up, writes OliverBrown.

The Ulsterman is playing Paul Casey this afternoon in the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay in San Francisco, and could finish too late to make it in time for the predicted 8pm (4am BST) opening bell here in Las Vegas. “I’ll probably try to sell my tickets and watch it on a big screen here somewhere,” he says. Should he offer them quickly enough on the secondary market, he ought to make over £60,000 for the two tickets.


While the overwhelming majority of boxing veterans and aficionados are leaning towards a Mayweather victory, the public vote is firmly with Pacquiao, writes Oliver Brown from Las Vegas.

A giant screen at the entrance to the MGM Grand shows the fans’ betting at 70-30 in his favour. And the groundswell is growing: at 9am local time there was already a 200 metre-long queue through the hotel’s casino just to place a bet.


There are those who believe Manny Pacquiao will become president of Philippines one day if he wins tonight… Here’s my piece talking to prominent people about Pacman.

And they mean it, look …

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