For weeks leading up to the May 2 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., the Filipino boxer's trainer, Freddie Roach, has been saying that his fighter has a deep dislike for Mayweather, due to Mayweather's history of domestic violence. Roach has repeatedly referred to the megafight as the battle between "good and evil."
But on Wednesday, April 15, Pacquiao invited the news media at his training headquarters at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood and told them that he wants to end Mayweather's streak, and after that, he wants to have a Bible study with him.
"I just want to send this message to him — nothing personal," said the eight-division world boxing champion. "We're just doing our jobs. And 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 born-again Christian, and he has often credited his faith for saving his marriage and changing his life.
"I want to teach him a lesson," he continued. "To be a good person, to be an example for everybody. To let him know that there is God and we should humble ourselves before God."
On May 2, Pacquiao stands to earn 40 percent of the purse, which amounts to about more than $100 million. The fighter said that he spends his money on his family, relatives, and a number of needy families in the Philippines.
"I'm not a materialistic person," said Pacquiao. He adds that the money is "a grace that God has entrusted to me. I'm just a steward of that grace."
Meanwhile, during Mayweather's media day earlier this week, the undefeated fighter had this to say about the enormity of the bout, which is touted to be the richest in boxing history.
"It's not just about the money — it's about legacy, fans, family — everything," Mayweather said.
Of the fight's significance to his career, Mayweather said, "One fight does not define Floyd Mayweather's career."