The greatest fight that was never going to happen has been signed. Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. announced Friday that he has finally agreed to fight Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight bout May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
Currently boxing oddsmakers have the odds of Mayweather beating Pacquiao at -235. Surprisingly, since the fight was announced most of the money, in small tourist bets, has been coming in on the underdog Pacquiao at +200.
The mega-bout will undoubtedly set every boxing record, including purse size, live paid gate, viewership, pay-per-view sales and most importantly the boxing betting handle. The cost of the pay-per-view has yet to be determined and won’t be until there are deals with the distributors.
Expectations are that Mayweather will have a 60-40 split advantage on revenues over Pacquiao. Floyd is set to earn $120 million and Pacquiao will be paid $80 million.
Mayweather v Pacquiao on 2 May, with a $250m purse, will become THE single most lucrative sporting fixture in history.
— sportingintelligence (@sportingintel) February 20, 2015
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"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."
Fans, analysts and boxing legends alike have been calling for this fight since late 2009 and pits the two finest boxers of their generation in a historic event.
— ESPN First Take (@ESPN_FirstTake) February 23, 2015
Pacquiao, a left-hander, is a powerhouse offensive fighter who has the speed and quickness to deal with the brilliant tactician.
"I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years," said Pacquiao. "They have waited long enough and they deserve it. It is an honor to be part of this historic event. I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring glory to the Philippines and my fellow Filipinos around the world."
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) February 22, 2015
Matchup: Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao
Date: May. 2, 2015
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Stadium: MGM Grand
TV Info: HBO/Showtime
Stream: HBO | Showtime
Money Line: Mayweather -235 vs Pacquiao +200
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Will Beat Manny Pacquiao If
Money Mayweather stays outside and nickle and dimes Pacman on the scorecard.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has never been the type of guy to destroy his opponents with brilliant knockouts. He’s easily one of the best fighters that the planet has ever seen, but he’s always been a tactician, the guy that can stand outside of harm and pepper his opponent with brilliant counter shots and flashy combinations.
He’s Sugar Ray Leonard with better defense, which is why he’s only knocked out 26 of his opponents even though he has 47 victories. Floyd Jr.’s record is impressive, but it’s difficult to see an opponent close to the caliber of Manny Pacquiao on his record. Because of that, Mayweather’s best chance of winning the fight is to do what he often does, which is control the center of the ring and work to out point Pacman. If he plays his usual game of sitting against the ropes, Manny could get Floyd Jr. into some trouble because of Manny’s ability to throw punches from so many different angles. Stay outside and do what you got you to this point, Money Mayweather, look to win a decision.
Manny Pacquiao Will Beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. If
Pacman is able to bring the fight to Mayweather.
Manny Pacquiao’s greatness is in his ability to throw punches from strange angles inside of his opponent’s reach. Pac can hit his opponent, due to his hand speed and uncanny ability to set his feet and shift his weight right before throwing a punch, from almost any possible angle. This causes his opponents to become flustered.
Manny can also string together punches in bunches. Manny’s unique skills gives him an edge over Mayweather in this fight if, as many expect, Mayweather has lost some of his speed, but those unique skills only matter if Pac can get inside of Mayweather’s reach. Floyd Jr. is a counter puncher and tactician. Floyd Jr. uses distance and his forward jab to set up his counter punching power. The best way to counter that is for Manny to force the issue, to get inside, and to prevent Floyd from using the forward moving jab in the first place. If Floyd Jr. wants to sit against the ropes and dodge Manny’s punches it works in Manny’s favor.