Mayweather vs Pacquiao Bout
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are two of the best boxers of recent times. They are scheduled to face each other in the biggest match in the history of boxing. The match has been due for about 5 years, now, and for several reasons, it has been canceled.
However, even before the two sports stars even got introduced to each other formally or came face to face, there was no shortage of battles between the two. Let us take a look at 10 Amazing Things to Know before the Mayweather vs Pacquiao Bout.
10 Amazing Things to Know before the Mayweather vs Pacquiao Bout
When top boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao come face to face, it is bound to be billed as the Fight of the Century. Sports fans are waiting with bated breath for the upcoming boxing match between undefeated, five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Predictions say that Mayweather vs Pacquiao is going to be be the highest grossing fight in history since 2009. But the major disagreements are between the two boxers’ camps, based on the fight that they had been waiting for until 2015. On February 20, Mayweather confirmed on social media that the fight is due on May 2, 2015, with both the competitors having signed the contract – Mayweather on that day, and Pacquiao long before.
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The same competitors were scheduled to fight in 2010, but it failed to happen, and the event came to be known as The Ring magazine Event of the Year for 2010. With negotiations for the upcoming superfight finalized, the major issues, including purse split, drug testing, and location of the bout, which had prevented the previous fight have been resolved. While Mayweather was on a brief retirement, Pacquiao earned superstar status large parts of the western world owing to his eighth-round TKO victory over Óscar de la Hoya, as he graduated from lightweight i.e. 135lb. to welterweight i.e. 147lb. After Pacquiao’s fight against Ricky Hatton on May 2, 2009, Mayweather announced his return, with a fight against The Ring lightweight champion and number 2 pound-for-pound fighter Juan Manuel Márquez, in a welterweight non-title fight on July 18, 2009.
38 year old Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is still undefeated, with a perfect professional record of no loss in 47 fights. Six months after defeating Ricky Hatton by a tenth-round TKO, on June 6, 2008, he had announced his retirement. At the time, plans for a rematch with Oscar De La Hoya on September 20, 2008, were in motion. “This decision was not an easy one for me to make as boxing is all I have done since I was a child,” Mayweather had said. “However, these past few years have been extremely difficult for me to find the desire and joy to continue in the sport.” At that time, 31-year-old Mayweather had 39 wins in his already historic career. When he retired, The Ring magazine placed Mayweather at the number 1 position among pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Manny Pacquiao was number 2.
Juan Manuel Márquez, The Ring lightweight champion, is a noted welterweight non-title fight. In his previous matches with Pacquiao, there were two controversial outings. On May 8, 2004, they reached a twelve-round draw, and on March 15, 2008, Pacquiao clinched a twelve-round split decision win. At his press conference Mayweather played down Pacquiao’s newly reached stardom, as he stated, “If he wins tonight, don’t be all shocked … Cause guess what? I beat (Hatton) when he was undefeated. Pacquiao beat Oscar, it don’t matter. Going down to 147 pounds was too much for (De La Hoya), he was dead after the first round. I also think that Marquez beat him twice. When you talk boxing, you talk Floyd Mayweather.” Pacquiao defeated Hatton by a second-round knockout, and achieved The Ring junior welterweight title, thus becoming the second boxer in history to bag titles in six weight divisions, after Oscar De La Hoya.
On December 5, 2009, it was reported by ESPN that Pacquiao signed a contract to face Mayweather in a fight on March 13, 2010. Soon, Pacquiao denied the report, telling FanHouse, “There are still some things that need to be negotiated.” Yahoo! Sports reported an eight-page contract being sent by Golden Boy Promotions on behalf of Mayweather on December 11, to Top Rank that represented Pacquiao, proposing a 50-50 financial split between the sides for a fight sceduled on March 13, 2010. Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and the Superdome in New Orleans were the venues for the fight being discussed. Even at that time, the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout was expected to be history’s largest-grossing fight with revenues reaching up to $300 million, as experts predicted the fight to sell 2.5-3 million pay-per-views in the U.S.
On December 11, 2009, a video titled “Boxing Legend Freddie Roach Updates Us On Pacquiao” was uploaded to YouTube, in which Freddie Roach Pacquiao’s trainer, hinted about Mayweather’s request for Olympic-style drug testing, as he told roving reporter Elie Seckbach, “I hear negotiations are a little shady. Schaefer and them are unhappy about something. They want Olympic-style drug testing. I said, ‘Yeah, no problem.’ I said, ‘Whatever you want.’ Since we accepted that, now they’re running scared again.” Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser, on December 13, 2009, said Mayweather’s request was laughable, and that they had no concerns about it. “Our reaction is, ‘So what?’ We know Manny doesn’t take any illegal drugs or anything. And none of this is getting under Manny’s skin or anything. I’m here with Manny, and to him, it’s like a joke. It’s a laughing matter,” said Koncz. It was reported that both parties had agreed to all the terms, but on December 22, 2009, Golden Boy Promotion’s press release revealed that Pacquiao was not willing to comply with the drug testing. The following day, Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum, declared that the fight was cancelled and Pacquiao would be fighting a different opponent.
On May 13, 2010, Bob Arum announced that November 13, 2010 had been noted down as the date of Pacquiao’s following fight, which would possibly be against Mayweather. Manila Bulletin, on May 20, 2010, quoted Pacquiao saying, “As long as they’re not getting a large amount of blood, I am willing to give out blood as close to two weeks before the fight.” On the same day, Mayweather said that he would be taking a break in 2010, and possibly 2011, as well. On June 10, 2010, Oscar De La Hoya confirmed that the negotiations for a Mayweather-Pacquiao face-off were near the final stage. “These negotiations have been real difficult for various reasons, but we’re really close to finalizing the contracts, even though they’ve been complicated,” he commented. “Today, I can’t really talk about the negotiations, but we’re really close.” However, his claim was refuted by Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, a week later. “I saw those quotes as well, and I had no idea what Oscar was talking about. And I called him up and asked him about them, and he said that he was misquoted,” Schaefer explained to Lem Satterfield of FanHouse.
In this regard, Arum went on to explain, “We have never talked to anybody on the Mayweather side and all conversations on our part were through Ross Greenburg and he reported on all conversations on the Mayweather side from Al Haymon.” On July 19, 2010, Ellerbe denied that claims of negotiations. “Here are the facts: Al Haymon, Richard Schaefer and myself speak to each other on a regular basis and the truth is no negotiations have ever taken place nor was there ever a deal agreed upon by Team Mayweather or Floyd Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao on November 13. Either Ross Greenburg or Bob Arum is not telling the truth, but history tells us who is lying,” said Ellerbe. Schaefer backed Ellerbe’s statement, three days later. When asked via e-mail, Greenburg responded to ESPN’s Dan Rafael by saying, “As always we have no comment.”