The fight the world has been waiting for has now been announced. Following years of unsuccessful negotiations and endless anticipation, boxing fans can now be certain that they will see the two best fighters of this generation squaring off inside the ring. Floyd Mayweather Jr.(47-0, 26 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao(57-5-2, 38 KO’s) will be meeting each other on May 2nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada, as the world watches this historic rivalry unfold.
In what promises to be the biggest fight recent history, Floyd Mayweather will be looking to defeat his toughest opponent and cement his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time. On his end, Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao will try to add another chapter to his illustrious career by being the first man to defeat Mayweather.
Fate and circumstance have brought us to this moment, with two historic fighters now on the cusp of making history in the sport of boxing, where only one will prevail. The fight has been talked about on and off since 2008, but this year’s talks that started after Manny Pacquiao’s dominant win over Chris Algieri were different. Both fighters saw this as a now or never opportunity and decided to do whatever it took to make this fight. When it seems that the fight would once again fall apart, a chance encounter at a Miami Heat game saw boxing’s #1 in Mayweather and #2 in Pacquiao meet for the very first time and help guide the fight discussions to a successful conclusion.
Now that the fight is finally official, boxing fans will see only a brief promotion as May 2nd is less than two and a half months away, but with a fight that has been talked about as long as this one has, promotions do not need to be too long. Mayweather will come in to the fight as just under a 3-1 favorite, but with Pacquiao having such a wide fan base, those odds will surely narrow closer as the fight draws near.
While fans have debated back and fourth for years as to who would win, one thing has remained the same in that time, Floyd Mayweather’s undefeated record. Pacquiao is regarded by many as the biggest risk to Mayweather’s perfect record and while he suffered a couple of defeats in 2012, Pacquiao has looked as dominant as ever and looks to overcome the odds and prove himself once again as boxing’s best pound for pound fighter.
Mayweather-Pacquiao stands to be the biggest fight in boxing history and even though some feel the fight is a few years too late, no one can argue that it will still be the most anticipated. On May 2nd, boxing fans will no longer have to wonder as to who the best really is.
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