It's a fight that took over half a decade to make, but Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao is treating his upcoming showdown against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. the same way he did his previous fights.
After more than five years of on-and-off negotiations, Mayweather finally confirmed last weekend that he is fighting Pacquiao on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, posting a picture of the signed contract on his Shots account.
On the same day, Pacquiao posted on his Instagram account his own photo of the contract, which showed that he signed it first.
"This is what I'm talking about, I signed already before," he said. "I'm just explaining to the fans, to prove that I'm not lying."
"So this is it," Pacquiao also said. "The fight is on, the fans deserve it."
But asked by ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo about his level of excitement for the fight, Pacquiao said: "Ako, okay lang."
"Parang fight lang rin," he said. "Ganoon lang. Ako, okay lang. Sa akin, okay lang. Parang ganoon na rin na fight na nakaraan."
As for how special the Mayweather fight is, Pacquiao said: "Para sa akin, boxing ito. Boxing din naman. Pareho lang."
He doesn't plan on doing anything special to prepare for Mayweather either, although he said he wants to show the explosive form that led the stoppage victories over Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto in the past.
Pacquiao has already started light training and plans to leave for the United States soon so that he can commence training camp at the Wild Card Gym. He will hold an eight-week camp to prepare for Mayweather. -- From a report by Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News