Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2015: Confirmed via Shots
It was just announced on Friday afternoon that the long awaited super fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will finally take place on May 2nd, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The recognized pound for pound king of the sport made the announcement on the "Shots" social media platform, of which he is an investor.
"Boxing fans and sports fans around the world will witness greatness on May 2," stated Floyd Mayweather Jr. "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 real bosses of boxing, the always vocal fight fans, should collectively pat themselves on the back for making this once catastrophic product of boxing politics a stark reality. After creating an overwhelming mandate in November and December of 2014, all parties involved, including the two rival networks, HBO and Showtime, worked meticulously to force this deal into fruition after years of failed negotiations.
The highly anticipated May 2nd event will not only be significant to those die-hard fight fans who have unconditionally continued to support the sweet science when their pastime of choice was largely thought to have become a "dead sport", but the Mayweather/Pacquiao super fight will be especially notable to those who long ago stopped recognizing the "aura of greatness" that once shrouded boxing's premier events, like Ali/Frazier, Leonard/Hearns, and Holyfield/Tyson.
"Mayweather vs. Pacquiao" will officially mark the return of a presence that has been missing from the battle tested sport for quite some time...the perception of significance.
The clamored match-up has been dubbed by most mainstream and casual sports fans as boxing's "Super Bowl", pitting the sport's two most widely recognized faces in the same ring.
The anticipated joint network PPV event is expected to easily surpass the all-time PPV purchase mark of 2.4 million buys, established previously by Oscar De la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2007. This would be an amazing feat, considering the likely Mayweather/Pacquiao price tag to be set at $100 in HD viewing.
Both parties have agreed to stage the event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, with an undisclosed agreement for the 8 ounce gloves both fighters will wear during the bout, as well as pre and post fight drug testing administered by the US Anti-Doping Agency.
The two rival networks will both be showing the fight replay on May 9th, with HBO’s “Canelo vs. Kirkland” event being pushed immediately following the bout's encore broadcast.
The joint commentary panel is expected to consist of James Brown, Jim Lampley, Al Bernstein, Max Kellerman, and Jim Gray.