The fight the boxing world has long been waiting for will finally take place…
It looks as though Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao, the most highly sought after and anticipated fight in boxing, will finally take place.
Boxing promoter Bob Arum, who works closely with Pacquiao, reckons a first fight will take place early in 2015, followed by a monstrously lucrative rematch towards the end of the calendar year.
TV stations HBO and ShowTime have agreed to split the revenue in a joint broadcasting deal, which had been a major stumbling block to organising what’s certain to be the wealthiest fight in boxing history.
“Both networks want this to happen. All signs seem to point to a first fight early next year,” he said.
“A second fight in the autumn would provide a different cash split because the winner of the first would claim the higher percentage. As each of them believes he would win, that provides an extra incentive.”
Mayweather is still undefeated, and is widely recognised as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. Pacquiao has lost five fights during an illustrious career, but is extremely highly rated for his all-action explosive style, and his likeability outside of the ring.
Mayweather fights Marcos Maidana in la Vegas on Saturday week, and presuming he wins the rematch, he can start preparing for the one of the biggest fights of all time at the beginning of next calendar year.