The 38-year-old, unbeaten in his 47 fights and a five-division world champion, heads into a clash with eight-division title holder Pacquiao that is expected to set financial records – but insists his reputation and the education of his children remain more important to him.
“When you’re young, you look at everything like you want nice cars, you want jewellery, you want a big house,” Mayweather told mlive.com.
“But once you’ve been living like that for so long, it’s not really about that anymore. It’s about my children, the legacy, them getting the best education. That’s what’s mainly important to me. I don’t worry about the fight because I know what I can do and I know what I bring to the table.”
Looking forward to what Pacquiao can bring to the table, the American added: “A lot of guys do a lot of things wrong, but they are still successful.
“So I want to know what he does right, so I can take that away from him, so I can take that arsenal away from him. What I do, when I’m facing a guy, whatever he does good, I take that away from him, so he has to resort to doing something different.
“I just want to look good for myself. I want to look very impressive. I’m pretty sure he’s going to bring his A-game, and it’s all about excitement. I got here somehow, some way. He’s a solid competitor, but very reckless, and he makes a lot of mistakes.
“But he’s been successful.??Remember what I said – you’ve got guys that make a lot of mistakes but still are successful.”
On his preparation for the fight, which has included chopping huge blocks of wood as part of his conditioning training, Mayweather added: “I had to go back to where it all started.??I just wanted to. Just for myself.
“Things just happen and you come up with different ways to gain strength, with the new era. But I had to go back to where it all started from. I like it a lot more. I like it. I appreciate it.”