Mayweather Ahead of his $300m Mega-fight Saturday

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It may not be from rags to riches like Manny Pacquiao, but Floyd Mayweather was not always the brash, flash, world-renowned boxer he is today. This Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the two titans will sort things out.

The unbeaten pound-for-pound king is preparing for his 48th fight, which sees him face a warrior who beat Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Chris Algieri, and Juan Manuel Marquez (twice).

Mayweather, a man who brags about his wealth on social media frequently, had to work for his bulging bank balance. As these photographs of the Money Man posing in front of a white sheet background in the nineties show, there was a time when his shorts weren't quite worth £1.5million.

Pacquiao's story goes from being born into poverty in the Philippines on December 17, 1978, to the grandest stage of them all at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 2 for a half-billion-dollar fight. 

Mayweather went about it a different way. He was born in Michigan on February 24, 1977 – into a family of boxers – and his career was never going to go any other way. 

The fight by numbers

$300m – The estimated purse split 60 per cent for Mayweather and 40 per cent to Pacquiao

$321.43 – The amount Mayweather's personal chef spent on junk food weeks before the fight

2-1 – The best odds available on Pacquiao to win the fight; Mayweather is 6/11 

$2 – The amount Pacquiao was paid per fight when he was growing up in the Philippines

$250,000 – The amount wagered between rapper Diddy and actor Mark Wahlberg on the fight

$600m – Mayweather's career earnings after his fight against Pacquiao

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