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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Dream Fight is public’s “mandate”
The fight that everyone wants to see will finally occur and everyone is extremely excited.
Undefeated WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) is more than a world welterweight championship unification bout. Mayweather and Pacquiao will meet to determine which fighter is truly the best fighter of their generation.
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, on Saturday, May 2. While tickets will be scarcely made available to the public, the bout will be part of joint pay-per-view broadcast between HBO Pay-Per-View and SHOWTIME PPPV. Beginning at 9 PM/ET.
“Since the fight was announced, the response from the public has been unbelievable, and it’s even more clear that this is the fight the fans want to see,” said Mayweather. “I’m grateful that Manny Pacquiao and I were able to make it happen.”
For six years, the public has discussed their desire to watch Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. Athletes, politicians, actors, scientists, doctors, lawyers, fight fans, sanctioning bodies, and the fighters themselves have spent years wishing and hoping that one day both Mayweather and Pacquiao agree to fight one another. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is indeed the public’s dream.
“I will be ready for my date with destiny on May 2,” said Pacquiao. “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. It is their mandate.”
Mayweather and Pacquiao have defeated every top fighter that they have fought at the peak of their careers.
Mayweather and Pacquiao are the only two fighters left from their generation that they haven’t fought. Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Juan Manuel Marquez, Joshua Clottey, Robert Guerrero, ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Timothy Bradley, Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, and the world famous Oscar De La Hoya – can speak of Mayweather’s skills, or Pacquiao’s phenomenon.
We’ve watched every aspect of these fighters lives in the last six years. From Pacquiao becoming a congressman in his native Philippines to Mayweather serving time in jail, the hype and the build-up surrounding the many issues as to the reasons why this fight hasn’t been made (randomized drug-testing, 60%-40% purse split, SHOWTIME/HBO rivalry, Pacquiao’s losses to Bradley and Marquez), the journey to Mayweather vs, Pacquiao has been lengthy and extremely exhausting.
From six years to 7 weeks, Pacquiao and Mayweather will finally stare across from one another inside of the boxing ring instead of a Miami Heat game. There will be no works spoken come May 2nd. No handshakes. No Mayweather trash-talking (Pacquiao barely says anything). There will be tons of excitement and perhaps an occasional smile. They are going to touch gloves to the anticipation of what will be a star-studded audience and will swap gloves in what should be an amazing night for boxing.
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao will be the biggest fight in boxing history – highest grossing live gate, most pay-per-view and closed-circuit buys, and largest career-high purses for a fight of this magnitude ever. Mayweather is expected to earn more than $100 million and Pacquiao will earn more than $60 million.
Mayweather is the odds on favorite to win, but as of press time, more than $50 million in wagers have been placed on the Filipino storm to pull off the upset. As the fight draws closer, the money line on Pacquiao will drop significantly. Therefore, for those that are planning on putting anything on Pacquiao, NOW is the time to do it while you can still get DOUBLE your winnings in the event Pacquiao wins. Should he lose to Mayweather, it was expected and no one should be too angry. However, a fight of this magnitude, you cannot resist the fantasy of the possibility of a major Pacquiao victory.
Pacquiao might not win, but he can, which is why Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is such an intriguing fight.
“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,” Mayweather was quoted. However, Manny Pacquiao does have the best chance to hand Floyd the first professional defeat of his illustrious 19-year Hall of Fame career.