Manny Pacquiao was out walking the red carpet by the time Floyd Mayweather Jr. arrived, fashionably late for their first appearance together to promote a fight that really needs no promoting.

But it didn't take long Wednesday for Mayweather to put the fight into perspective in a way that only a fighter nicknamed "Money" can.

"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 May 2 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. The least expensive tickets will cost $1,500, and the pay-per-view fee will be the highest in history, at least $90.

All this to see the two biggest draws in boxing settle matters once and for all.

"We don't want to leave a question mark in the minds of fans of boxing," Pacquiao said.

Mayweather was uncharacteristically subdued, with nothing bad to say about Pacquiao or anyone in his camp.

"It's always good to have the best fight the best," Mayweather said.


Sale will miss Opening Day

Chicago White Sox lefthander Chris Sale will not be recovered from a fractured right foot in time to start on Opening Day April 6 in Kansas City, team executive vice president Kenny Williams said. That means he's in line to start against the Twins on April 12.

"Whether we want him to make that start will be dependent upon how he comes along," Williams said.

Sale suffered an avulsion fracture and sprained ankle in an accident at his home on Feb. 27.

A-Rod hits homer, stays hot

•Alex Rodriguez continued a successful spring training with his first home run since returning to the Yankees. He hit a long drive in the fourth inning and now has five hits in 11 at-bats in spring training.

•Pitcher Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers are waiting for a third opinion that they expect will confirm he needs season-ending elbow ligament-replacement surgery. The Rangers will have Dr. James Andrews review images of Darvish's elbow to see whether he agrees with two other doctors who recommended Tommy John surgery.

•AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber signed a one-year contract with Cleveland. The Indians have said they want to sign Kluber to a long-term contract extension.


NASCAR lifts Busch suspension

NASCAR lifted its suspension of Kurt Busch and ruled the former champion can compete in the Chase for the Championship should he qualify.

Busch missed the first three races of the season when NASCAR suspended him over an alleged domestic assault on his ex-girlfriend, but the Delaware attorney general last week declined to charge him for the September incident.

NASCAR said Busch remains under indefinite probation but has complied with its reinstatement requirements.

Busch will return to his Stewart-Haas Racing team this weekend at Phoenix.


U.S. women win Algarve Cup

Hope Solo stopped a late penalty kick to preserve her 81st international shutout and lead the United States over France 2-0 at Faro, Portugal, for its 10th Algarve Cup title

Julie Johnston and Christen Press scored for the second-ranked U.S., which rebounded from a 0-0 draw against Iceland on Monday. Solo made her 160th start in goal, passing Briana Scurry for the American record.

The Americans return home for a series of exhibition matches that serve as a sendoff for the team before it opens the World Cup on June 8 against Australia in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Sled dog Racing

Seaveys fastest; musher ousted

Two-time champion Mitch Seavey was the first musher to reach the Iditarod checkpoint in Ruby, Alaska, covering 119 miles in 18 hours, 35 minutes. His son, defending champion Dallas Seavey, was second.

Meantime, an up-and-coming musher was disqualified. Brent Sass, who last month won the thousand-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, was disqualified because the Iditarod race marshal said he had a two-way communications device with him. Mushers are not allowed to have contact with anyone during the race. It was an iPod Touch, which is Wi-Fi capable. Sass said he had the iPod for listening to music.