With less than two days before arguably the biggest boxing match of a generation takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather has begun to publicly ponder the implications of the fight, win or lose.
On one hand, the major players in boxing HBO and Showtime, Golden Boy and Top Rank, have been able to come together to create the ‘Fight of the Century.' On the other hand, it appears the fight is slightly more beneficial for Mayweather's opponent Manny Pacquiao than it is for the undefeated Floyd.
With a perfect 47-0 record to his name, Mayweather is all too aware that the legacy he crafted over the past decade could be tarnished if the fight does not go in his favour. Therefore, he has come to the conclusion that he has more to lose than his Filipino adversary.
"I have more to lose," Mayweather said in a media scrum on Wednesday. "In the sport of boxing, I've accomplished a little more than Manny has accomplished."
Pacquiao has the opportunity to change the hierarchical structure in boxing, as well as the narratives that defined this generation. While Floyd is aware of the task at hand, he showed nothing but respect for his upcoming foe.
"He's a solid competitor."