Fight fans from around the world have been clamoring for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao to fight since 2009. And now, roughly 6 years in the making, the biggest event in modern day boxing is finally a done deal. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is officially booked for May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Everyone involved, including Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, knows this fight simply had to happen, said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. All of us are thrilled to be able to deliver this event to boxing fans around the world. Now, for the second time under his current deal with Showtime Networks, Floyd Mayweather has agreed to fight an opponent that many people thought he’d never face. We set an all-time pay-per-view record with the first event back in September 2013, and we look forward to another record-breaking performance on May 2.
According to Kevin Ioly from Yahoo Sports, both fighters have agreed to split purses (60-40) with Mayweather taking in $120 million and Pacquiao set to earn $80 million on fight night. However, these are rough figures because details of the agreement between the two pro boxers is limited.
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao will be contested at welterweight, or 147 pounds.
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