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Ready to rumble: Mayweather and Pacquiao up the ante

By Susie East

Updated 2358 GMT (0758 HKT) April 29, 2015
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"This is going to be an exciting fight. Our styles are totally different. He is very, very reckless. Every move I make is calculated. I'm always five, 10 steps ahead of my opponent" WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather said of his rival Manny Pacquiao as reporters packed into the Mayweather Boxing Club. Ethan Miller/Getty Images
"I don't enjoy it like I once did. My last fight is in September," the 38-year-old revealed, meaning his bout against Pacquiao will be his penultimate fight. Pictured, his cousin and boxing camp coordinator DeJuan Blake helps him do neck exercises. Ethan Miller/Getty Images
"This fight is one of the biggest ever in boxing. This is two future hall-of-famers in a megafight. I've done record breaking numbers before, and it looks like we're going to do it again," proclaimed "Money" Mayweather, oozing confidence with a 47-0 professional fight record. Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Showing off in front of the reporters, Mayweather pummels a speed bag. Look closely, and you'll see a poster of Pacquiao with his eyes and mouth taped over. Ethan Miller/Getty Images
"So many people were trying to say Floyd was scared," Mayweather's father and trainer, Floyd Sr., said. "Let's see on May 2 who is scared. I can't tell you why or how, but here's an update -- Floyd is going to kick his ass and knock Pacquiao out. I didn't watch one tape on Pacquiao. There is no reason to study him. He's not at this level." Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Renowned for his flashy lifestyle -- he wears $25,000 mouth guards adorned with diamonds and gold -- Mayweather is living the Las Vegas lifestyle with celebrities such as rapper Lil' Kim attending his work out session. Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Former Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff also came to check out Mayweather's moves as he prepared for what may be the richest fight in boxing history. Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Star of "Manny," a film recently released in the Philippines, Pacquiao said he's ready to rumble. "What I feel right now is motivation, inspiration and determination," he said at the Wild Card Boxing Club, his training headquarters in Hollywood. "The killer instinct is there, I love it." Harry How/Getty Images
This week, Mayweather called Pacquiao a "reckless" fighter, a jibe the "Pacman" shrugged off."That's how people like me and love me, because they like an exciting fight," said the Filipino. "We call this boxing." Harry How/Getty Images
The congressman and eight-division world champion said he had a message for Mayweather: "After the fight, if I could talk to him, I want to share the gospel of God. I want to share to him about God, why we need God." Pacquiao is a passionate Christian. He uses social media to thank God and share his musical compositions, while Mayweather's Instagram feed highlights his glamorous lifestyle. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
"I've never seen Manny at this level," said trainer Freddie Roach, right. "He's really motivated for this fight. It has really escalated his performance. I think he's faster than ever and he's definitely hitting harder than ever." Harry How/Getty Images
"My entire career defines my legacy. Everything I have done in boxing," Pacquiao said. "I have had some great, great accomplishments and achievements in my career." The bout is set for May 2 and is expected to fetch over $300 million. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images