They are calling it the fight of a generation– and for good reason.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are FINALLY fighting, and the official date is set for May 2.
May 2, 2015 #TMT
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) February 22, 2015
After years of speculation as to whether or not the fight would actually happen, boxing fans’ dreams are coming true. But is it too late?
Mayweather has talked about getting out of the ring for some time now and is approaching retirement. The undefeated boxer (47-0), who turns 38 years old tomorrow, has been criticized since 2009 for not making this fight happen sooner. Pacquiao (57-5-2), now 36, has met with his own fair share of criticism as well. Pac-Man has refused in the past to take Olympic-style drug testing– a demand that Mayweather insisted on if the Filipino fighter wanted to dance with him in the ring.
At one time, Pacquiao was on top of his game. However, since the people first wanted a bout between the two some years ago, Pacquiao has lost two fights. Then you add the fact that the two fighters are aging and on the tail end of their careers, and the appeal has somewhat diminished. Yet this will still be the biggest boxing match that anyone has ever seen.
Not only is the match expected to break the record for biggest payout of all time, but pay per view records as well. This fight will be the most watched boxing match of all time. If you think about it, this is a big deal. Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier was the “Fight of the Century”; Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield was massive– but both of these will be second and third to Mayweather-Pacquiao. This match will be historic.
Bob Arum: “To me this fight between Manny and Floyd will be like a Super Bowl. It’s not just a fight. It’s a huge event” #PacquiaoMayweather
— Boxing Insider.com (@BoxingInsider) February 21, 2015
As for the fans who can’t afford what is sure to be a ridiculous amount to watch the fight in person, the pay per view is expected to cost around $100 to watch the fight on TV.
The two square off at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas May 2, the same day as the Kentucky Derby.
Who will you be betting on?