Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were greeted by thousands of fans in Las Vegas as they arrived ahead of Saturday's super-fight at MGM Grand.
American legend Mayweather, 38, and Filipino great Pacquiao, 36, are meeting for the WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight titles.
It will be the richest fight in history, with the two protagonists set to split in the region of £150m.
"Don't get nervous," Pacquiao told his fans. "I'm the one fighting, so relax."
He added: "I'm very excited and my confidence is 100%.
"Any time I am the underdog, I like that. It means my killer instinct and focus is fully there.
"This is the moment I believe he will experience his first loss."
Five-weight world champion Mayeather responded: "I'm more calculated, I'm the smarter fighter. He would be a better fighter if he wasn't so reckless.
"He's won a lot of fights by being reckless but you can be reckless and get knocked out. Just compare our fights against Juan Manuel Marquez - I beat Marquez and Marquez knocked him out."
Owing to promotional differences - Pacquiao is handled by the veteran Bob Arum, Mayweather by himself - Pacquiao snubbed the scheduled 'grand arrival' at the MGM Grand in favour of his own alternative.
A bizarre spectacle was staged at the Mandalay Bay Hotel for the benefit of Pacquiao's loyal supporters, many of whom have flown in from the Philippines especially for the fight.
The hour-long show cut between hip-hop and traditional Philippine singing and dancing, before Pacquiao took to the stage to assuage their pre-fight nerves.
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