The most anticipated fight in boxing history is finally on…
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have both commented after the former officially confirmed that they would face off on May 2 in Las Vegas.
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After years of disappointment and frustration as negotiations continually broke down, the pair have finally managed to secure what will undoubtedly be the richest fight in boxing history while also settling the debate over who is in fact the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Mayweather made the official announcement on social media platform ‘Shots’ on Friday, and he insisted that he was delighted to have made the fight happen.
“I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight happen helped get the deal done,” he said, ESPN reports.
“Giving the fans what they want to see is always my main focus. This will be the biggest event in the history of the sport.
“Boxing fans and sports fans around the world will witness greatness on May 2. I am the best ever, TBE, and this fight will be another opportunity to showcase my skills and do what I do best, which is win. Manny is going to try to do what 47 before him failed to do, but he won’t be successful. He will be number 48.”
Broadcasters HBO and Showtime have also signed a contract agreeing on a joint pay-per-view telecast, while it is understood that the weight limit will be 147 pounds, there is no rematch clause included in the contract and each fighter will be able to wear their usual brand of gloves.
As reported previously, it is a 60-40 purse split in favour of Mayweather, and while he ensured that as part of the contract he was the one who announced the fight, it is likely that he will have requested various other aspects of fight night itself including the ring-walk order.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao was equally as thrilled at the prospect of finally giving the fans the fight that they have been waiting to see for so many years.
“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,” Pacquiao said.
“It is an honor to be part of this historic event. I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring glory to the Philippines and my fellow Filipinos around the world.”
May 2 will play host to the biggest boxing event of all time as Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) are finally ready to settle their rivalry.