Let’s get ready to rumble! After weeks (years) of teasing boxing fans, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, two of the biggest names in the history of the sport, have agreed to fight May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather posted this signed contract on Shots, an iTunes app this evening.
Both HBO and Showtime immediately released statements:
Showtime’s Stephen Espinosa:
“Everyone involved, including Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, knows this fight simply had to happen. 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.”
HBO’s Ken Hershman:
“Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have been the two most prominent fighters in the sport of boxing for the past decade, and fight fans around the world have been clamoring for them to face each other. And now, on May 2nd, in what everyone believes will be the biggest boxing event of all-time, fight fans have been granted their wish. May 2nd will be a signature moment for the sport of boxing and HBO Sports is thrilled to be a part of this spectacular event. I know the fighters and their teams will be primed to excel and we plan to work closely with everyone involved to deliver the same level of performance from a broadcast perspective,” HBO president Ken Hershman said.
As we told you earlier this week, the deal had been done for quite some time. It was just a matter of Floyd waiting to make the announcement, something Manny Pacquiao ultimately respected while at the same time, beginning to train.
Odds have not yet been released but you have to think Floyd is the favorite in a 12-round bout.