World will be watching for the Money and for the Show
TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
|Floyd Mayweather and The Big Show stare down.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- It's classic David vs. Goliath.
An undefeated boxing champion with an impressive 39-0 record, often called the best-pound-for-pound fighter in the world, vs. a wrestler. A very big wrestler.
With the hype machine ratcheted up to warp speed, WWE has posters everywhere. Everywhere. Six-time boxing world champ Floyd Mayweather, 149 lbs. soaking wet, vs. five-time wrestling champ The Big Show, a 440-lb. monster of a man. There's a foot and a half and 300-lb. difference between the two, but that didn't stop WWE from hooking up the warriors for what promises to gather plenty of media and fan attention at tonight's Wrestlemania pay-per-view.
Okay, yeah I know, wrestling is (gulp) er, scripted, but there's still plenty of intrigue. The fast-talking Mayweather, the carny they call Money, is facing the fight of his life, at least that's the storyline we're being asked to buy into.
Mayweather, ever so brash, is a long-time wrestling fan, rhyming off the names of wrestlers from days gone by. It's game time. We know he can talk the talk. Now he's gotta prove he can walk the walk.
"I'm a guy who's not afraid to take risks," said Mayweather at a press conference prior to last night's WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. "Win, lose or draw, I'm going to fight my ass off. The fans will get their money's worth. Who's the world's most talked-about entertainer? Me.
"We're going to bring controversy and entertainment together and there'll be an explosion. "My ultimate goal is to stay away from The Big Show. To tire him out. Wrestlers probably want to see him hit me with a chokeslam, but I'm going to hit him with the same shot that I broke his nose with at No Way Out.
Shane McMahon listens to Floyd Mayweather at a press conference on Saturday, March 29, 2008 in Orlando, Fla., to promote WrestleMania. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea
"I could lose, but I'd still be undefeated at boxing."
The Big Show shot back.
"This guy made the mistake of entering my world in the first place. Now that I have agreed to these wide open rules, I may just break his back," he said.
"This is my world, not his."
WWE wrestlers are backing their behemoth.
"I have some really good days against The Show and some really bad days," said Rey Mysterio. "I was strapped to a stretcher and he slung me against a post. I landed face first and was knocked out.
"The Big Show is a strong dude ... Mayweather might get knocked out."
"There's a big chance that The Big Show could eat him," said JBL.
"Mayweather and Big Show could be ugly, but it'll be special," said Edge.
"We've been wanting to do something with Floyd for a long time," said WWE's Shane McMahon. "Sometimes things get carried away ... and this time we capitalized on it."
Pomp and pageantry. Glitz and glamour. Wrestlemania delivers it all.
Tonight, in a battle of champions, one big and one small, the world will watch. And for WWE, that's really what it's all about. Entertainment.
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Tim Baines in the sports editor of the Ottawa Sun.