WITH so much to gain from this mega-fight, there is pressure on both fighters. The victor will embed his name in the sport’s history. But while Manny Pacquiao has appeared happy just to get the fight, Floyd Mayweather attaches a lot of weight to his unblemished record. His whole persona, his claims to be ‘the best ever’ depend on remaining undefeated. Mayweather cannot afford to lose.

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That will be a major motivating factor in Floyd’s training but the more laidback Pacquiao might be better able to shrug off intensity of the occasion itself.