LAS VEGAS - After three months of verbal sparring, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya are just about ready to shut up and fight.
Boxing's best pound-for- pound fighter and its most popular champion said little to spark controversy or antagonize each other Wednesday at the largest media gathering before their fight for De La Hoya's WBC 154-pound title Saturday night.
"I think I'm out of words," De La Hoya said at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. "There really isn't much more to say. There's only one thing left to talk about, and that's the result."
That hasn't been the case during the colorful buildup to fight week. The innovative promotions for boxing's most anticipated fight in a half-decade included a widely-praised HBO reality show, popular videos distributed on YouTube and an all-out blitz on every other media format.
After Mayweather (37-0, 24 KOs) taunted and threatened De La Hoya - and hung a replica of the Golden Boy's Olympic gold medal around a chicken's neck - during their 11-city promotional tour, the fighters' Las Vegas extravaganza was decidedly muted. Mayweather said only a few words on the dais, and De La Hoya (38-4, 30 KOs) was equally brief.
"I'm hungry, I know what it takes and I'm ready to go out there and die in the ring," Mayweather said.
Though both fighters seemed mellow, both realize a portion of their legacies hang on the outcome.
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