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McGuigan: Mayweather has the edge on Pacquiao

Barry McGuigan believes that Floyd Mayweather has the edge on Manny Pacquiao in their superfight this weekend.

"I think Mayweather has the edge just simply because psychologically he is unbeaten and by his very nature he doesn't know how it is to lose," said McGuigan, speaking at the BT Sport Industry Awards.

"He has the edge in speed...and he's a bigger man so I give him the edge but Pacquiao has the ability and all of the qualities to beat someone like Mayweather."

The most lucrative fight in boxing history will see the two fighters share a purse of around £198m, with Mayweather rumoured to be taking home a 60/40 majority.

Get a full guide to the gargantuan showdown here


Mike Tyson forced to deny hosting party at mansion

Mike Tyson has been forced to deny he's hosting a lavish party at his old Las Vegas mansion this weekend.

Rumours had circulated about Tyson throwing a bash to celebrate Saturday's mega fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

But the former heavyweight champion took to Twitter this morning and explained he has no intention "on stepping foot" in his old property again.

Pound-for-pound greats Mayweather and Pacquiao finally meet at the MGM Casino, Las Vegas, on Saturday night following years of failed negotiations.

Bob Arum predicts Floyd Mayweather retirement

Bob Arum believes Floyd Mayweather's declaration that he will soon retire after sensing the unbeaten American has fallen out of love with boxing.

Arum (left) is joint promoter for the fight. Credit: PA

Arum's Top Rank are joint promoters of Mayweather's showdown with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Sunday in what will be the penultimate assignment of the 38-year-old's six-fight deal with Showtime.

Toppling Pacquiao at the MGM Grand would register a 48th victory and leave him just one short of equalling Rocky Marciano's hallowed 49-fight unbeaten mark.

Mayweather's insistence that he has no desire to eclipse Marciano has been met with widespread scepticism but Arum, who promoted the reigning pound-for-pound king for the first decade of his career, predicts he will soon hang up his gloves.

I believe what Floyd is saying in that he is looking towards retirement. He's been at it since he's eight years old and he doesn't enjoy it like he used to.

Like Marvin Hagler said, millionaires sleep in silk pyjamas and don't like to get up in the morning and do roadwork.

When he retires, I think Floyd will be a great party guy. He'll have plenty of money and he'll enjoy himself. I just hope that for his sake he settles down and lives a more normal family-type life.

– Boxing promoter Bob Arum

Roach unsure if Mayweather will turn up for fight

Freddie Roach believes Floyd Mayweather has been forced into a fight he would rather avoid and questions whether the American will even turn up for his welterweight epic against Manny Pacquiao.

Manny Pacquiao is the underdog ahead of Saturday's mega fight. Credit: PA

Mayweather and Pacquiao collide in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning with the outcome of the showdown at the MGM Grand deciding who is the greatest boxer of their generation.

Roach believes the 38-year-old's television paymasters Showtime, who have outlaid a minimum of £130million for a six-fight contract, ordered the clash the boxing world has craved for the last five years.

I don't know why Floyd's been so quiet. I'm wondering if he's going to show up, I really am.

At the first press conference I said we were going to kick his ass, but there was no response. His speech was very low-key and subdued. I'm not sure he is going to show up.

I think Floyd was forced into this fight and it's not a fight he wants. He always gets to pick and choose his opponents, but he wasn't able to pick and choose this one because Showtime wanted this fight.

– Manny Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach


Tickets required for Mayweather-Pacquiao weigh-in

Tickets will cost £6.60. Credit: PA

Boxing fans hoping to attend the weigh-in for the welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on May 2 must buy advance tickets.

The vast numbers expected to attend the eve-of-fight ritual at the MGM Grand Garden Arena has prompted fight organisers to take the step of charging for entry to the event.

Tickets will cost £6.60 and will go on sale through MGM Resorts call centre and box office on Friday at 8pm with all funds raised going to the charities chosen by Mayweather and Pacquiao - Susan G. Komen and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

"The weigh-in is always the grand finale of fight week activities," said Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe.

"And with the massive interest in this fight, the number of fans looking to attend the official weigh-in is going to be something we've never seen before.

"We're excited to be able to use the enthusiasm around this event to provide donations to two very deserving charities."

A mere 500 tickets were made available to the public for the clash between the two best fighters of their generation.

These sold out in minutes with resale prices on secondary seller StubHub ranging from £3,900 to £85,000 on Friday morning.

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