Just when boxing fans were starting to think the highly anticipated Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao super-fight was one of those fantasies that’ll never become a reality, the biggest fight in boxing’s history was finalized.
It’s official folks, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will square off on May 2 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Apparently, a chance meeting between “Money” and “Pacman” at a Miami Heat game had a lot to do with both men finally reaching an agreement.
The fight is expected to break all revenue and pay-per-view records in boxing, and, not surprisingly, Mayweather will get to pocket 60 percent of the revenue generated, while Pacquiao and his handlers pocket 40 percent.
Still, it’s a great payday for both men who will both earn more, by a very large margin, than they’ve ever made in their boxing careers.
"Boxing fans and sports fans around the world will witness greatness on May 2," Mayweather declared. "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."
Of course, Pacquiao has plans of his own.
“It is an honor to be part of this historic event,” Pacquiao said. “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."
It’ll will be interesting to see what prevails on May 2, Mayweather’s flawless technical striking, or Pacquiao’s grit and aggression. One thing’s for sure, the world will be watching.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.