On Saturday, May 2, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will fight each other in the boxing match of the century (so far) at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The fight was more than five years in the making and it’s almost here.
Fans have wanted this fight for years, but creating a boxing match of this caliber is much easier said than done. For five years, the two opponents and their management teams feuded over details of the fight. Eventually, the all the differences were settled and the mega-fight was announced.
As proof of how massive the fight is, ticket prices ranged from $1,000-$10,000 and the 16,500 tickets sold out in 60 seconds. Resale tickets are still available, if you’re willing to pay $130,000 for a ringside seat.
Now that we have the backstory out of the way, let’s see what makes these two the two best boxers in the world.
Floyd Mayweather is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer on the face of the earth, with an unblemished 47-0 record. Mayweather fights with a defensive style that allows him to dodge most of his opponents’ punches, wear them down, and land most of his punches. It may not be the most exciting thing to watch, but it works, as his record shows.
Manny Pacquiao, on the other hand, fights the complete opposite way. Pacquiao is always on the offensive, relying on his speed, hit power, and constant movement to ambush his opponents. Pacquiao’s style is much more interesting than Mayweather’s, since people like to see lots of action and big punches.
Since the styles of the two fighters are basically the opposite, it will be interesting to see which fighting strategy prevails.
Many celebrities have picked Mayweather, such as Flo Rida, Jamie Foxx, Shaq, and Wale. However, more past and present boxers have picked Pacquiao.
If you want to watch the fight live, pay-per-view costs $99.99 for HD and $89.99 for SD, so the best thing would be to round up some friends and pitch in to witness the greatest fight of the century.