Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao Boxing Bout Set For May 2

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