The fight many are calling the greatest of all-time is now almost upon us. The 2 Welterweight legends will face off on Sunday in a dual to decide just who is the greatest.
Even the most optimistic of boxing fans would most likely have lost hope that this one would ever be made. However after years of false dawns and breakdowns in negotiations, a chance meeting at a basketball game earlier in the year saw the 2 meet face to face for the first time, before finally agreeing to the fight shortly after.
Pacquiao and his team had always welcomed a shot at the unbeaten American but Mayweather proved to be a very hard man to negotiate with. He had previously accused the Pac Man of doping, due to his avoidance of blood tests the day before a fight. The claims proved to be rubbish but were one of many reasons why the fight of the century was so badly delayed.
These 2 have been at the top of their division for years, brushing aside all challengers place in front of them. Some will still say the fight should have been made well before now, when both men were at their peaks. Although they are still the top men in the world of boxing and will provide a show piece to be remembered. Las Vegas has never seen anything like this and the richest fight in history has rejuvenated the image of the sport, propelling it well and truly back into the limelight.
One of the factors that makes it so intriguing is the difference in character between the men. They couldn’t be less alike. Mayweather (the money man), has developed an image as a brash, cash obsessed individual during his so far unbeaten career. On the other hand, Pacquiao is a quiet, family man. A hero in the Philippines and very much a man of the people as well as God.
Many have debated if Pacquiao’s speed and intensity could cause his esteemed opponent great problems. However Mayweather is the cleverer fighter and is yet to be knocked out, unlike the Pilipino. However the talking and analysis will soon stop, as the men prepare to let their fists do the talking in the ring.
One other factor which makes it mouth-watering is the fact that large sum of money involved. The total amount of money for the fight is $300million (£194,502,705), which will be split 60/40 to Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao. So in terms of dollars Mayweather will collect $179,808,511 (£116,554,424) while Pacquiao will get $119,872,340 (£77,702,949).
If the fight lasts the full 12 rounds, Mayweather will be earning $4,994,681 per minute of action, with Pacquiao earning $3,329,787 per minute. That means that by the end of the first round, Mayweather will have earned $14,984,043 and Pacquiao will have earned $9,989,362.
Date and Time: Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will step into the ring on Saturday May 2 in Las Vegas which is home of modern day boxing. The doors at the venue will open at 2pm local time, with the first bout scheduled at 3pm and the main event five hours later i.e. 8 pm which translates to 7:30 am IST.
As a spectacle, it will be right up there as one of the biggest sporting events in history. The face off that all boxing fans have been begging for seemingly an eternity, is just around the corner now. Even if you are not a fan of the sport, I would recommend that you tune into this one as you will witness 12 rounds (we hope) of pure drama and entertainment. A score will finally be settled and the champion of champions crowned.