FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. and

Manny Pacquiao

made their first joint appearance to promote their highly anticipated bout.

Mayweather and Pacquiao were polite and deferential as they took the stage together at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles yesterday, facing off for the first time.

After a half-decade of negotiations and false starts, Mayweather and Pacquiao will meet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 2.

Mayweather said he has never wanted to win a fight so badly in his life. Pacquiao said this is the biggest fight of his career.

The fighters won't appear together again until fight week.

"You get to this level where you're making nine figures in 36 minutes," Mayweather said, "and you have to be a winner."

Mayweather had the math right, though he declined to say just how much he will make in the fight that has stirred excitement far beyond the boxing community. He will get 60 percent of the purse in what is expected to be boxing's richest fight ever, a haul that could exceed $120 million for Mayweather alone.

Pacquiao won't do badly, either, in a fight that was 5 years in the making and will break records in another way - it will cost fans more than any other fight in history to watch both at the MGM Grand arena or in the comfort of their living rooms.

Soccer

* The United States not only avenged last month's stinging loss to France with its 10th Algarve Cup title, the Americans addressed concerns about their readiness for the Women's World Cup.

Hope Solo

stopped a late penalty kick to preserve her 81st international shutout and lead the U.S. over France, 2-0, in Faro, Portugal.

Julie Johnston

and

Christen Press

scored for the second-ranked U.S.

Sport Stops

* Hall of Fame jockey

Ron Turcotte

, 73, was moved to a hospital closer to his home in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada, a day after his legs were broken when the van he was driving hit an icy patch of road and flipped on its side. Turcotte, who rode Secretariat to the Triple Crown in 1973, has been paralyzed from the waist down after a racing spill in 1978.

Ryan Johanningmeier, a versatile offensive lineman for the University of Colorado, died Monday. He was 38. A cause of death has yet to be determined. He went undrafted, but spent time with the Atlanta Falcons in 2000-01 before neck and back injuries shortened his career.