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The Fight. The Press Conference

For five long years, the question with which I - and indeed anyone else associated with boxing - has long been bombarded is: "Will Mayweather and Pacquiao ever fight?" Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are unquestionably the two best fighters of their generation; they seemed on the verge of meeting in the ring in early 2010, but the fight fell apart as a result of contractual disagreements. Since then, there have been one or two occasions on which hope has been rekindled only to be once more dashed. Now, however, it is on; the two men will clash on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It promises to be the most lucrative fight in boxing history, with the smart money on it selling somewhere between 3 and 4 million pay-per-views - or even more - in the US alone. I wrote about the fight's significance here ; on March 11, the principals gathered for the one and only pre-fight press conference, and I was honored to co-host the live broadcast of the event with Brian Custer.

The entire show lasts approximately 75 minutes; for those of you with less time to spare, here's a 150 second edit of my conversation with Manny Pacquiao to close out the program:

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Road to Montreal

Hectic week coming up: Bristol to Montreal; Montreal to Los Angeles (which is going to have to be the subject of a separate blog post); Los Angeles back to Montreal. La Metropole du Quebec is hosting a light-heavyweight clash, between Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal; I'll be there for HBO, and here's a 13 minute preview of the contest, featuring yours truly.

It will be my second trip with Montreal with HBO, and an evocative one, in many ways. My last visit there, in January of last year, was my very first time reporting on camera for HBO Boxing News. I had no idea then what I was doing, or for how long I would be doing it; 14 moths later, it's a part of my life and career to an extent I could never have imagined. I've rarely if ever been happier with, or more grateful for, a gig in my life. Read More 
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