Once Again, it’s On!!
On Friday, February 20, 2015, the most anticipated prizefight in boxing history was announced on via the social media website Shots.com and ESPN, ending weeks of increasingly intense speculation that the showdown had been set. Undefeated world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. will meet Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao in Las Vegas on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand. The casino sold out fifteen minutes after the announcement of the megafight.
“What the world has been waiting for has arrived. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2, 2015, is a done deal,” Mayweather wrote. “I promised the fans we would get this done, and we did,” he added, posting a picture of a signed contract.
“I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years,” Pacquiao said, who also posted a picture of the contract on his Twitter account. “They have waited long enough and they deserve it.”
“This is the biggest boxing event of all time, we’re confident of that,” Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports continued. “We couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it and help craft it.”
Floyd Mayweather (-275) opens as almost a 3-to-1 favorite vs. Manny Pacquiao (+235).
As a boxing fan, I am happy that this dream match is finally going to happen. However, I do wish they had fought six years ago when they were both dominating boxing simultaneously. I felt they had the potential to have the greatest and richest trilogy ever in prizefighting.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is the WBC, WBA, and Ring welterweight champion, and the WBC Super, WBA, and Ring junior middleweight champion. Recognized by many people as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Floyd has a very impressive boxing record of 47 wins and no losses. He is the face of professional boxing and the highest paid athlete in the world.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is the biggest reason why this fight finally came to fruition. He knows his legacy would have been tarnished forever if he do not fight and defeat Manny Pacquiao. For him to go down in history as one of the true greats in boxing, Floyd has to beat all the top fighters in his division. I do give him a slight edge because he is the slicker boxer and the master of frustrating his opponents in the ring.
Manny Pacquiao is the current WBO welterweight champion and ranked number three on The Ring pound-for-pound list. This eight-division world champion has been a fan favorite in boxing for a decade. With a boxing record of 57 wins and 5 losses, Pacquiao have dominated great champions such as Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, and Shane Mosley.
Manny Pacquiao is perhaps the biggest threat to Floyd Mayweather’s unblemished record. He is a Southpaw with speed and punching power. The combination of his quickness and power can be problematic for Floyd. Also, Manny Pacquiao is such a lovable guy that he’ll probably have most of the crowd cheering for him, which can fuel him to do well in the ring against Floyd.
I cannot wait for the biggest fight of the year on May 2. It should be a great one!
By Shamarie, 21st Feb 2015