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Countdown to showdown: Mayweather and Pacquiao buildup

| 27.03.2015

One of the most eagerly-anticipated boxing bouts of all time is just over a month away, with Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao preparing to clash in what is potentially set to be the highest grossing fight ever.

After finally agreeing to come together in the ring, both fighters will be aiming to make their mark on history, as Las Vegas’ MGM Grand is set to host the biggest fight of the decade.

Filipino superstar Pacquiao, 7/4 with Coral to secure victory, is currently into the fourth week of his rigorous training regime but, following a recent face-off between himself and Mayweather, a war of words has broken out over a rumoured incident in the ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ training camp.

Recently, heated speculation circulated that former undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah had knocked down Pacquiao’s previously un-dropped opponent for at least 10 seconds during a sparring session.

However, Zab, and a host of Mayweather’s representatives were quick to deny the rumours, claiming that talk of an apparent training knock-out to the undefeated champion were completely untrue.

Despite the dismissals, Pacquiao’s experienced trainer Freddie Roach added fuel to the fire, and sparked further tension between the camps, having claimed that his close contact confirmed that Mayweather has struggled to deal with the intensity of recent sparring sessions.

“The thing is, I got a report from one of my friends in Mexico, that one of his Mexican boys beat the s*** out of him two days in a row,” said Roach.

Although, the trainer stated that he is more focused on his own star’s preparations, rather than being drawn into a verbal confrontation.

“I really don’t care about stuff like that. I really don’t care what he’s up to, because I have to get my guy ready for my fight and that’s what I’m thinking about.”

Mayweather’s present record stands at a dominant 47-0, and he is yet to suffer a knock down in his sensational career so far.

While ‘Pacman’ may have endured a high-profiled decline in recent years, and lost some of his destructive prowess, there’s no doubt he still possesses the aggressive attributes capable of downing his daunting opposition.

Pacquiao is an exciting 11/2 chance to secure victory by knock-out or TKO, having finished 38 of his previous 64 fights early, while Mayweather is 7/1 to stop his Filipino counterpart and odds-on 8/13 to secure a points decision.

Watch Mayweather prepare for his showdown with an intense sparring session.

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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.