The super-fight that boxing fans have been clamoring for is finally going to happen.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. took to his Shots account earlier today and officially announced that he will take on Manny Pacquiao on May 2. A venue for the bout is currently unknown but all signs point to the MGM Grand being the arena of choice.
The boxer posted the following to his account:
— SHOWTIME SPORTS (@SHOsports) February 20, 2015
The bout has been nearly a decade in the making. ESPN first reported the possibility of the bout in late 2009, but neither side was able to come to an agreement regarding revenue split and performance enhancing drug testing. A second attempt was made in mid-2009 to no avail. Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, gave Mayweather a July deadline to sign a contract but was unable to secure a deal. Negotiations had been on going ever since finally culminating in the deal that was announced today.
The current deal inclues a 60 percent share of revenue for Mayweather and a 40 percent share for Pacquiao. The rumored base purse for the bout is in the neighborhood of $250 million. Also of note is that the Unified WBA (Super), WBC, WBO and The Ring Welterweight titles will all be on the line.
Mayweather is an unprecedented 47-0 (26 KO) in his storied professional boxing career. “Money” has picked up wins Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and Shane Mosely. The undefeated boxer most recently defeated Marcos Maidana in September of 2014.
Pacquiao is an eight-division world champion and currently holds a record of 57-5-2 (38 KO). The Philippine congressman has won three straight bouts, most recently defeating Chris Algieri in a lopsided unanimous decision. Over his career, Pacquiao has defeated the likes of Oscar de la Hoya, Erik Morales, and Miguel Cotto.
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