A huge crowd of media attended the press conference for the bout between Manny Pacquiao and "Sugar" Shane Mosley. This a day after the fighters official "arrival" at the MGM Grand was attended by a larger than expected crowd of fans. Showtime Sports tweeted a photo of the media at the presser:
Both fighters appeared confident in their abilities heading into the Showtime pay-per-view bout. But, for Manny Pacquiao, it was a focus on the things that make him such an easy fighter to like:
There has not been trash talk for this fight, and I am happy for that. It sets a good example for the children who idolize fighters. In my life, this is the best promotion I've ever had (been involved in)
I am looking forward to Saturday and making a good fight with Shane Mosley for the fans. I am definitely not taking this fight lightly and I am not underestimating Shane Mosley. Mosley has good hand- and foot-speed and he moves like he is 31 or 32.
All my life, I've had to fight. As a child I had to fight to eat. Now when I fight, the Filipinos call me a hero. I think the world needs more heroes. My biggest fight is not in boxing. My biggest fight is to end poverty in my country. I will be wearing yellow gloves into the ring on Saturday - as a symbol of unity in the fight against poverty.
As for Shane, he spent much more time talking about the fight than his other interests:
Pacquiao is a short welterweight, but he's not a small welterweight. He's very powerful. This is like a Mike Tyson fight - we're heavyweights out there. I'm looking to go out there, take charge and beat Manny Pacquiao.
"I can muster all that energy that I had against Margarito. This type of fight reminds me of when I was able to do a lot of damage in the lightweight division. It's kind of like going back in time.
"I think I can do all the things I could do in the ring five years ago. Ten years ago, I can't think back that far.
"I don't know, that's what the odds makers are saying. That's fine with me. The main goal is to get the win and then we can talk about being an underdog. I don't pay attention to that - I've been an underdog in a lot of my fights.
For more quotes and some pictures from the press conference, head over to Bad Left Hook.