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Manny Pacquiao to meet Floyd Mayweather in world’s richest boxing match – SportsUntapped.com
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Added February 23rd, 2015 by Ian

Manny Pacquiao to meet Floyd Mayweather in world’s richest boxing match
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It was bound to happen sooner or later, Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines lacing up the gloves to take on American Floyd Mayweather Jr, but for boxing fans it’s coming several years too late. Mayweather will be 38 years old when the two enter the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 2nd while Pacquiao will be 36. This isn’t to say that it won’t be a competitive fight, but it would have been nice to see them go at it while they were both in their prime. Mayweather has one knockout since 2007 and the last time the southpaw Pacquiao recorded one was in 2009.

Fans have been waiting patiently for the past five years for the bout to become a reality and they finally got their wish. It looked like the fight was going to take place in 2010, but the negotiations fell through. After the fight was signed, Mayweather released an announcement which said, “What the world has been waiting for has arrived. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2, 2015, is a done deal. I promised the fans we would get this done, and we did. We will make history on May 2nd. Don’t miss it!”

Mayweather will enter the ring with an undefeated record of 47-0 with 26 Kos while Pacquiao is 57-5-2 with 38 Kos to his name. Back in 2010 the match was expected to generate about $300 million in revenue and it’s possible this could reach $400 million this year. The pay-per-view numbers should be quite impressive all across the world and reports have said that Mayweather will make $100 million with Pacquiao taking home $85 million. Promoters could have actually made more money if the contest was held in a 75,000-seat ball stadium.

Mayweather will be putting his WBC and WBA titles on the line while Pacquiao’s WBO belt will also be up for grabs. The two boxers have been ridiculing each other via social media sites such as Twitter for the past two years, but ran into each other at a Miami Heat basketball game in late January. Later that night at Pacquiao’s hotel they then discussed the possibility of slugging it out with each other. One of the biggest stumbling blocks in negotiations was the television rights.

Pacquiao has a deal with HBO, which broadcasts his bouts on pay-per-view, and Mayweather has a similar deal with Showtime. However, the two networks have agreed to a compromise and they’re both expected to broadcast the bout. Mayweather’s 2013 fight against Saul Alvarez pulled in $150 million on pay-per-view sales, so it’s reasonable to suggest that the matchup against Pacquiao will double that number.

 
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