Finally, Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao Boxing Bout Set For May 2

February 21, 2015 8:59 am



After years of frustration and disappointment, following many starts and
stops, perhaps the most talked about match in history is finally
a reality.

Jr. announced Friday that he’s agreed to fight Manny
Pacquiao in a welterweight bout May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las
Vegas. It’s a bout the public has been calling for since late 2009 and
pits the two finest boxers of their generation in a historic event.

“I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight
happen helped get the deal done,” said Mayweather. “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
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.”
The bout is expected to set numerous records, including purse size, live
paid gate and pay-per-view sales. The cost of the pay-per-view has yet
to be determined and won’t be until there are deals with the
distributors.

Formal details on the agreement have yet to be announced, but it’s
expected that Mayweather will have a 60-40 split advantage on revenues,
with Mayweather making at least $120 million and Pacquiao, who signed
the contract for the bout Thursday, earning $80 million.

“Floyd should enjoy being the A-side while he can,” Freddie Roach,
Pacquiao’s trainer, said. “Because on May 2, Manny is going to put him
on his backside.”

The two nearly came to terms around the Christmas holidays in 2009, a
month after Pacquiao stopped Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand. It fell
apart, though, when Pacquiao and promoter Bob Arum balked at
Mayweather’s demand for drug testing run by the United States
Anti-Doping Agency during training camp.

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