The undefeated boxing champion has finally agreed to the fight of the century in the largest boxing deal ever signed.
In a revealing interview with Yahoo!, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. revealed why he felt the time was right to fight fellow boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd.
The undefeated boxing champion spoke to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports on Friday and said that the time was right to fight Pacquiao and that everything fell into place.
“I knew eventually it would happen, but everything takes time,” Mayweather said. “Everything in life is about timing. I have a good team and I waited until the time was right. He waited until the time was right, and the two teams came together and we made the fight happen.”
As per the timing – after nearly five years of stalled talks, his impending retirement from boxing and with rising star Amir Khan hungry to fight Mayweather, “Money” felt he and Pacquiao had both become a lot bigger and worthy of the mega-fight.
“I think the timing is right now because I’m a lot bigger status-wise than I was,” he said. “Status-wise, I’m still growing, but I’m bigger than I was. And I’m pretty sure that Manny Pacquiao, he is bigger, too. I have a lot of fans and he has a lot of fans and the fans around the world have been anticipating the fight for a long time… Everybody was talking about it and it didn’t happen, and then it started up again and it didn’t happen again. They say three strikes and you’re out, and I guess the third time is a charm.”
As far as whether he expected Pacquiao to be his greatest fight ever, Mayweather was unsure.
“I can’t tell you if he’s my greatest challenge, to be honest with you, because I haven’t fought him before,” Mayweather said. “He’s a solid guy, a very good fighter, no question a tough competitor. He wouldn’t be where he’s at if he weren’t, and that’s what makes this such an interesting matchup.”
The fight is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on May 2nd, the 47-0 lightweight champion is a 2.5-to-1 favorite in the fight over the 57-5-2 Filipino star.
“Let’s get in the ring and see who wins, who the better man is,” Mayweather said. “That’s what boxing is all about, and we’re going to give the fans the chance to find out on May 2.”