The long overdue mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is finally official. As announced on Friday evening, the bout happens on May 2nd, at the in Las Vegas, Nevada. Interestingly enough, just 15 minutes after the announcement, the MGM Grand sold out all their rooms which were going at an average of $615 a night.
Since the bout has been made official, more details are trickling in.
Bettings odds have opened and Mayweather is a favorite sitting at -295. Manny Pacquiao is currently at +230.
The event will be a joint venture from Showtime and HBO, and according to a report, the broadcast team who will be calling the fights have been finalized as well:
HBO's Jim Lampley and Roy Jones Jr will reportedly call the fight along with Showtime's Al Bernstein, with Max Kellerman (HBO) and Jim Gray (SHO) as additional reporters handling interviews and such.
The bout will be at 147 lbs, and all 3 titles they hold will be up for grabs. Mayweather's WBC and WBA titles, and Pacquiao's WBO strap will be on the line and the winner will be taking home all three, along with a piece of boxing history as well. Apart from the 3 belts, the winner will also take home the lineal crown.
Pacquiao is already the first and only fighter to have won titles in 8 different divisions. Boxing has several belts and sanctioning bodies though, so if we're talking about undisputed lineal champions per weight class, Manny can be the first to be 'crowned' in 5 different divisions:
Pacquiao has already proven himself, at one time, to be the very best flyweight, featherweight, junior lightweight, and junior welterweight in the world. Mayweather, on the other hand, holds his crowns in the junior lightweight, lightweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight divisions.
This means that, for Mayweather, he has only his legacy on the line. Pacquiao, on the other hand, has a chance to make boxing history. If he wins, he will become the first man in the history of the sport to wear the crowns of five weight classes, a feat which may never be surpassed.
Quick hits and related updates:
- First official poster for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao
- Teddy Atlas breaks down the mega fight, says Mayweather has the edge over Pacquiao
- Bob Arum on why Manny has a great chance on winning: Speed, workrate, and southpaw stance
- Ticket Prices could go above $3000 on average
Stay tuned for more news and updates on the mega-fight.