The biggest and most financially lucrative fight in boxing history is finally a go.
Floyd Mayweather announced Saturday evening that negotiations have, indeed, culminated in a May 2nd superfight with Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. He announced the fight on Twitter and via press release.
This massive prizefight, which will see each fighter receive unearthly nine-figure wages, is official, and it’s a sigh of relief for those anxiously anticipating the day it would be. Further details, however, remain scarce, besides the fact that it will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and be distributed by Showtime and HBO Pay-Per-View in a duel television showcase. The retail price per Pay-Per-View order will reportedly be $99.99/$89.99 for HD/SD. International broadcasting rights remain unannounced for the time being.
Read the official news release below:
Undefeated, 11-time world champion Floyd Mayweather formally announced today the most anticipated boxing match of this generation. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, a welterweight world championship unification bout, will take place on Saturday, May 2, live on pay-per-view.
This event, which holds the promise of breaking every pay-per-view record in history, is being promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., and will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® and HBO Pay-Per-View®.
“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 himfailed to do, but he won’t be successful. He will be number 48.”
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