Finally, it's been announced. Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38) will fight unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26) in a bout agreed at Welterweight.
The bout, as speculated, will take place on May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as confirmed by Mayweather in the last few hours.
The bout has been the talk of boxing fans since around 2009 and now it's here, sadly too late to be what it should have been had it been fought just a few years ago when both men looked near untouchable. At the point Pacquiao was on a storm stopping both Ricky Hatton and Miguel in impressive fashion whilst Mayweather was looking sensational following his dominant victory over Pacquiao's nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.
Since then both men have aged, both have slowed and both have shown notable weaknesses. Pacquiao has suffered two losses, including a major KO loss to Marquez, whilst Mayweather has been made to look human against the likes of Cotto and Marcos Maidana.
With Mayweather just days away from his 38th birthday and Pacquiao now 36 it needs to be said both have seen better days.
Despite our complaints the fight will likely break copious records, ranging from highest grossing fight in history to most PPV sales. Sadly though it appears, at least to us, like a cash out fight for both men with the loser almost certainly setting sail into a land of retirement whilst the winner may hunt one or two other major bouts, perhaps a rematch with Miguel Cotto or a clash with Amir Khan.
The full details of the bout haven't yet been made clear though we're expecting a number of announcements about the bout in coming days. These announcements will clarify various things regarding the bout it's self and the under-card which is expected to be a blockbuster featuring fighters from both the Top Rank and Mayweather stables.
(Image courtesy of Floyd Mayweather/Shots)
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