Tom Brady expected to attend Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

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Tom Brady FaceTimes with Floyd Mayweather
Thursday April 23rd, 2015

The list of celebrities attending the May 2 fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will almost assuredly rival that of the Oscars and any comparable awards show. One expected attendee from the sports world is already known: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In a story published WednesdaySports Illustrated's Greg Bishop wrote that Brady "appealed directly" to CBS president Leslie Moonves to get into the fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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Among 10 observations from Mayweather's training camp in Vegas, Bishop wrote:

Mayweather loves to FaceTime. It’s his preferred method of communication. He FaceTimed with Stephen Espinoza from Pacquiao’s hotel suite in the middle of negotiations. He also FaceTimed with four-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, with an assist from the Showtime broadcaster Jim Gray, who does a radio show with Brady during the NFL season. This happened, oddly, twice.

“Brady, my guy!” Mayweather shouted during one commercial shoot, the one where he walks toward Pacquiao that has been playing on endless loop. (Quick aside: the boxers filmed that commercial separately, much to Mayweather’s chagrin. He had wanted, well, a little face time with his opponent. They saw each other at the initial press conference and that was it.)

“Defense wins championships!” Mayweather said to small-screen Brady, who, of course, is an offensive player.

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Brady has kept busy himself during the offseason between jumping off cliffs and playing one-on-one with Michael Jordan. It also seems like a safe bet that his A+ Facebook game will make another appearance before and/or after the fight.

Mike Fiammetta

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