Let’s get ready to rumble: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will fight on May 2 in Las Vegas.
The fight is expected to be the richest boxing match of all time. Multiple reports have estimated that the prize purse could exceed $200 million.
“This will be the biggest event in the history of the sport,” says Mayweather.
Pacquiao and Mayweather are widely regarded as the finest pound-for-pound fighters of their generation. Both fighters have outstanding professional records. Thirty eight year old Mayweather is 47-0, with 26 knockouts. Pacquiao, 36, is 57-5-2 with 38 knockouts.
The much anticipated fight was first talked about five years ago. Significant legal, financial and personal issues prevented the fight from happening sooner.
Many Boxing experts thought the fight would never happen.
One of the main stumbling blocks was Pacquiao’s reluctance to submit to the PED (performance enhancing drugs) testing programme Mayweathers’ camp insisted on as a condition of the fight.
Pacquiao, a huge star and now a senator in the Philippines, has had some trouble at home. He made headlines last year after it was revealed that he faced a bill upwards of 50 million dollars for unpaid taxes.
The fight announcement generated a lot of interest online. Mayweather posted news of the fight to his Twitter feed, which trended in the top ten over the weekend.
“I promised the fans we would get this done, and we did,” Mayweather wrote.
Pacquiao said: “I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years. They have waited long enough, and they deserve it.”
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