LOS ANGELES -- Manny Pacquiao is going to earn roughly $80 million for fighting Floyd Mayweather on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas in a bout that promises to be the largest-grossing fight in boxing history.
But no one can say that Pacquiao isn't working to earn his money. In addition to the unbelievably intense training that is required to face a man of Mayweather's caliber, Pacquiao has kept up an extraordinary schedule of media obligations.
Even Mayweather noted that during his remarks to boxing writers prior to Wednesday's news conference at the Nokia Theater.
"This fight will sell itself, which is a great thing," Mayweather said. "He's doing a lot of media, talk shows, which is great. I prefer him to do it so I can train."
But Pacquiao's schedule on Wednesday was packed to the point of being cruel. Fred Sternburg, Pacquiao's long-time personal publicist, relayed the unbelievably full day Pacquiao endured.
7 a.m.: Sternburg arrived at Pacquiao's Hancock Park home to find Pacquiao in his bedroom reading the bible with his pastor.
7:20 a.m.: Breakfast at home.
7:45 a.m.: Pacquiao leaves home to head to downtown Los Angeles for the start of his day of promotional obligations.
8:40 a.m.: Pacquiao arrives at ESPN in Los Angeles and appears live on 10 different shows on various ESPN networks. Among them were First Take, SportsCenter and His & Hers, where he said he thought Ronda Rousey could beat Mayweather in an MMA fight. This session ended at 10:40 a.m.
11:05 a.m.: Pacquiao begins to walk the red carpet at Nokia Theater and does two hours nonstop of video interviews. Among them are live shots on the sets of CNN, ESPN's SportsCenter (again), Televisa and TV Azteca in Mexico and GMA in the Philippines.
1:10 p.m.: Pacquiao heads downstairs at Nokia Theater and speaks to a large group of boxing writers for 35 minutes.
1:45 p.m.: Pacquiao heads upstairs at Nokia Theater for the news conference.
3 p.m.: After the news conference ends, Pacqiuao departs Nokia Theater and does live television shots with Univision and ABS-CBN of the Philippines. He turns down an opportunity to do yet another live appearance on SportsCenter because his schedule is so packed.
4:10 p.m.: He goes to Nat's, a restaurant near the WildCard Gym, where he trains. He literally has seven minutes to eat his dinner.
4:25 p.m.: Pacquiao arrives at the WildCard Gym after dinner for another interview. This time it is a sitdown interview for the preview show being put together. When he's done, he and his crew take off down Hollywood Boulevard to get to the studio to tape a surprise appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
4:55 p.m.: Pacquiao arrives at Kimmel's show and tapes his segment, a comedic skit in which he dresses as a security guard. He also meets actor Liam Neeson, who is a guest on the show, for the first time. Neeson narrated a movie about Pacquiao.
6:15 p.m.: After a 20-minute drive, Pacquiao arrives at a television studio in East Hollywood, where he is required to sign hundreds of boxing gloves and then tape a commercial. This process takes three hours.
9:45 p.m.: The commercial is finished and all the gloves are signed. A very weary Pacquiao, who had little to eat all day, gets home and gets to bed sometime after 10:30 p.m.
Mayweather and Pacquiao are the two biggest stars in boxing. This kind of schedule is part of the reason they sell so many pay-per-views, which fans and many other fighters don't realize. There are plenty of fighters who work hard in the gym, but who don't put in nearly the effort promoting and marketing themselves.
It's a key reason why they're largely unknown, despite their talents.
As Pacquiao's schedule Wednesday proved, there is no substitute for hard work. And he's going to continue that all throughout training camp with regular interview sessions before and after his workouts.