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This afternoon (Weds., April 22, 2015) at 6 p.m. ET, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe and the "Money" man himself, Floyd Mayweather, will host an international media conference call to promote his upcoming mega fight against Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is now just 10 days away.
If you'd rather not listen to Mayweather and Ellerbe dance around some incredibly alarming realities (and I do not blame you at all for that) we'll be listening in and passing along the good stuff.
Oh, who are we kidding? "HARD WORK! DEDICATION! TBE!"
Floyd Mayweather Conference Call Live Blog Updates:
6:00 p.m. ET, Update 1: Nothing yet, folks. And we could be waiting awhile, considering Mayweather showed up for his recent open media workout (watch full video replay here) more than two hours late ... because he can.
6:10 p.m. ET, Update 2: Still nothing.
6:14 p.m. ET, Update 3: Ready to go. Looks like it'll be listen-only for the first part, then questions afterwards. Floyd corrects the hostess when she doesn't call him "TBE" (called it).
Never mind, they're calling for questions now. Not one announcement
Update 4: Associate Press gives the first question, asking Floyd to explain why he claimed he's better than Ali. Floyd claims he's done just as much as Ali has, citing his (Floyd's) longevity in the sport. Next up is The Ring, who asks if Floyd thinks Manny believes Freddie Roach's talk painting the former as the Bad Guy (tm). Floyd vows not to talk crap about Roach because he says he'll be criticized for criticizing a sick man.
6:20 p.m. ET, Update 5: Another from The Ring to ask about the pressure Floyd's under. "Money" talks about fostering a positive environment. Yet another question, this one asking if Floyd's excited. Quit hogging the airtime, Ring guy.
Update 6: USA Today now, asking the real question about whether or not the fight will happen. Floyd passes the buck to Ellerbe and says it's not his job. The Guardian now asking whether Floyd's training harder for this one than any fight before. Floyd says he's trained hard but hasn't overtrained. The Guardian also says people have been saying Floyd looks stronger than ever.
I'm starting to think this is more about Floyd's ego than answering any real questions.
The Guardian brings up Khan. Floyd gives the "one fight at a time" schtick.
6:27 p.m. ET, Update 7: Don't understand the next name. The guy brings up Manny's claim that God's on his side and asks Floyd what he thinks. Floyd rightly says that's a terrible question. Next question is a general "anything you want to clear up" thing. Floyd gives a flat no.
Update 8: ESPN's Dan Rafael now. Dan asks what a win over Pacquiao would do for Floyd, who already considers himself the greatest ever. Floyd says Manny's "another guy he has to face." Dan asks if a win would enhance Floyd's legacy and Floyd responds that he's not the one writing the history books. Next, Rafael brings up the notion that the king of this era will be defined by this fight and Floyd is noncommittal.
Update 9: CBS getting in on it now. The guy talks about the ludicrously huge purse and asks if Floyd think he'll have enough to sustain himself after he retires. Floyd says he's made good investments and could retire today if he wanted. Black Sports Online is next, asking about the size difference. Floyd claims Manny was shocked to see how much bigger Floyd is than him. Another Roach question, asking whether Roach's trash talk is a product of nervousness. Floyd says he's not fighting Roach.
6:34 p.m. ET, Update 10: PB1? I think? The questioner brings up Floyd's relative silence in the buildup of this fight. Floyd claims he's matured and talking trash is unnecessary at this point in his career. The Guardian again, a different guy. He asks how the buildup for this fight, the "Fight of the Century," has been different from previous efforts. Floyd replies that it hasn't been particularly different. He then asks what Floyd respects about Pacquiao, to which Floyd responds that Manny got to this point by doing something right.
Update 11: TV-5 Manila now. She asks if Floyd's preparing for a super-aggressive Pacquiao; Floyd answers his game plan is to win. She then brings up how the Filipino fans dislike him because he has a chance to end their icon's career. Floyd replies that we're all God's children and he's pretty sure he has Filipino fans and Manny has black American fans; he's there to give the fans what they want. For a last question, she asks how much support from his family he's had. Floyd says he's had "a hell of a supporting cast," specifically mentioning a friend named Frank Brown whose health is failing
6:44 p.m. ET, Update 12: Guess that's it. Floyd thanks the media for all their coverage.
So there you have it. No real answers to the pressing questions, unfortunately.
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