10 Amazing Things to Know before the 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
10 Amazing Things to Know before the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Bout
10 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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10 Fun Facts You Should Know before the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Bout

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.

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The Story of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Bout

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.

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Fight of the Millennium – Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

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.

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