Ali makes pick for Mayweather-Pacquiao, but he won’t be in Vegas
Floyd Mayweather reportedly earned more than $100 million in 2014; has spent millions on cars, jewelry, private jets and various other toys; and could bring in more than $100 million for his May 2 fight with Manny Pacquiao alone.
But there is one thing Money apparently can’t buy — the endorsement of "The Greatest."
Speaking to TMZ on Tuesday, Rasheda Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali, told the outlet, "My dad is Team Pacquiao all the way!"
The 73-year-old Ali, perhaps known as much globally for his humanitarian work as he is for his work in the ring, apparently takes into account Pacquiao’s social work, as well, when making his endorsement.
"My dad really likes Manny. He’s a huge fan of his," Rasheda continued to TMZ. "He knows Manny’s a great fighter … but it’s more about what he does outside the ring. He’s such a charitable person."
Ali, the first three-time heavyweight champion, is apparently so close to Pacquiao that the Filipino fighter attended Ali’s 70th birthday party.
Rasheda also took the opportunity to take a shot at Mayweather, the 38-year-old undefeated champion.
"My dad stood for things. Mayweather … I don’t think there’s a comparison," she told TMZ, while adding her dad does respect Mayweather as a fighter.
Another connection between Ali and this bout is the "Fight of the Century" moniker. Ali fought Joe Frazier in New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1971, a fight most commonly referred to as the THE "Fight of the Century." But that term has also been thrown about when discussing Mayweather-Pacquiao.
And based on this week’s reports that tickets to the May 2 bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas are going for more than $87,000 apiece, it certainly figures to be the most expensive fight of this or any other century.
But don’t count Ali among those shelling out the cash for the fight. He’ll be watching on TV.
"There’s no question he’s going to order it (on pay per view)," Rasheda told TMZ of her dad. "It takes my dad way back to when he was fighting."