Mayweather-Pacquiao Is ON; May 2, Las Vegas

They flirted, danced, dated, split up, engaged in a back and forth spat which raged on, interrupted by periods of hoped for reconciliation…only to see the whole process repeated. Boxing has never and hopefully will never again see a silly saga like the Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations…which have come to a close, praise to the heavens, with the word that boxing’s two main drivers will fight each other, on May 2, in Las Vegas.

Even non-believers, concrete atheists, found themselves thanking the Heavens when they saw the news on Mayweathers’ Shots, account where he posted a photo of the signed contract and message, “What the world has been waiting for has arrived. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2, 2015, is a done deal. I promised the fans we would get this done and we did. We will make history on May 2nd. Don’t miss it!”.

 

This was fifth–or was it five hundredth–round of negotiations, and this round was made that much more ludicrous and nausea inducing because of the ramp-up of social media. Yes, to say that Twitter was catnip for #boxingheads who wanted to see “Money” and Manny glove up is an understatement; Will they? Won’t they? Why don’t they?, was the question posed and re-posed ad nauseum…and finally we come to fruition.

The 2015 Super Fight, pitting the man who labels himself TBE, the Best Ever, and acknowledges the power and allure of money as being central to his being, against the man who shuns such self-appraisal, and more often lauds the power of the Almighty as his driving force, will unfold at the MGM Grand, and on pay-per-view.

Some 3 million buyers could activate the signal to watch the scrap, which will be put together by Pacman’s promoter, Bob Arum and his Top Rank company, along with Mayweather Promotions. Showtime, which is paying Floyd for the fifth of their six fight deal, will produce the event, along with HBO, which televises Pacquiao’s scraps. An all-star squad from each cabler will report the event.

Many folks will say that this tussle should have been put together in 2009, or 2010, and lament that the two hitters have lost some miles off their fastballs.

Floyd, at 5-8 and a walk around weight of 153 pounds or so, turns 38 on Feb. 24, and the Congressman for Sarangani Province, who is 5-7, turns 37 in December, and has to over-eat to make the 147 pound weight class.

Others could offer their amazement that the men and their egos and the egos of their handlers and advisors and such reached common ground.

The well water got poisoned early, in Dec. 2009, when the issue of PED testing mushroomed nastily. Grinches grinned when the fight which was to unfold in March 2010 was left on the runway. More ire was conjured when Manny filed suit, for defamation, against Floyd and some of his crew, for alleging Manny cheated with chemical aids.

They re-started talks, and people were optimistic in June 2010. A month later, Team Mayweather denied that real-deal negotiations had taken place and the second shot at the Super Fight was pulseless. Mayweather showed an ugly side when he used nasty terms to describe Manny in a Ustream tirade, and the fight talk cooled.

Some chatter erupted in summer 2011, but optimism bubbled in January 2012. Floyd called Manny on the phone and they talked terms. Floyd offered Manny a flat fee, $40 mill, and that offer met with a flurry of No Ways. By September, Manny was into the idea again, and said he’d agree to testing 24-7, up to fight night. Floyd had all along demanded he engage in super strict PED testing–his “take the test” refrain was ever-present on his lips–but that goalpost, Mannyiacs said, got moved when Manny gave in.

Hopes rose when in September 2012 the defamation suit was settled. Now maybe the principals could bury the bad blood and get to fighting in the place that made the most sense, a ring? No dice; by December 2013, Floyd was saying that as long as Arum was part of the mix, there would be no fight. They had history; Arum had promoted Floyd from 1996 to 2006, and they parted on harsh terms. Negotiations didn’t really heat up; more so an insult fest did.

This holiday season, Mayweather stirred the pot by pointing to May 2 as a target date for The Super Fight. Twitter blew up when word went out that Pacman agreed to terms. But insults and semantic wordplay popped up again. There is no contract that has been signed, Team Floyd noted.

TMZ got hearts aflutter when they said the deal was all but done, on Jan. 27…but that proved to be a false alarm. Hope came alive when Manny and Floyd met at a Miami heat game, and then chatted for a spell afterwards, but the waltz had to play out for a spell longer. Watchers noted that new players in the negotiation mix, which included CBS chief Les Moonves, pointed to a new degree of seriousness in this round of talks.

Also, industry insiders, some of them, declared that Showtime lost oodles on dough on some of the four Mayweather bouts, which meant that they were seriously inclined to recoup some dough, and help push #MayPac to the finish line.

With so much money at stake, maybe it is no surprise how long it took to get to the finish line. It is assumed that #MayPac will bust the record for PPV sales (2.5 million for Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya), as well PPV revenue ($150 million for Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez; the PPV could go for anywhere from $85 to $99, it is believed) and the live gate ($20 million for Mayweather-Alvarez). Floyd could bank something like $120 million and Manny maybe around $70. The terms of the deal call for a 60-40 split of revenue in favor of Floyd.

Again, some may wonder what took so long. Fair enough. But the fact that on a couple occasions Pacquiao promoter used the “H—-r” word in referring to Floyd, and Floyd referred to the Filipino in harsh and ugly terms…maybe we should celebrate that good things came to those who waited.

Now…we can only hope that the fight, the actual in the ring one, will provide half the drama and back and forth flurrying as the five rounds of negotiation did.

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COMMENTS

-Froggy :

Thank Bhudda, there is a God !


-deepwater2 :

Thank Bhudda, there is a God !
Yes! My arrangements are made . I will be at the cosmopolitan the whole weekend. Buying my airplane ticket in the other window . My tux is going to the cleaners and I'm going to the gym so I can fit in it . PAC +300


-Froggy :

Yes! My arrangements are made . I will be at the cosmopolitan the whole weekend. Buying my airplane ticket in the other window . My tux is going to the cleaners and I'm going to the gym so I can fit in it . PAC +300
Good for you, +300 sounds great to me, I wish I could bet on it, can't do it in Canada, maybe the casino in Seneca ?


-amayseng :

Just watched Floyd chino rematch. What a bore. What's the odds Floyd stinks up the joint against Pac?


-michigan400 :

Bout time!! I doubt it hits 3 million but it will sell well!!


-SouthPawFlo :

We should organize a meet up for all the board members who'll be in Vegas..


-flackoguapo :

We should organize a meet up for all the board members who'll be in Vegas..
agree! Im thinking i might have to make that move....


-deepwater2 :

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-ultimoshogun :

Helluva year we're in for, big thanks to the fight gods.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

On May 2nd Manny is going to get a boxing lesson. To the novice fan the match is going to be boring. However, for those that are fans of the sweet science this fight is going to be clinic on how to pot shot, counter punch, and effectively clinch. Mayweather wins a unanimous decision and all of the novice fans and haters will cry that he is boring. I predict that he wins by at least a margin of 8 rounds to 4.


-deepwater2 :

PAC will be busier and press the action. Floyd might win the boxing match but in a super fight that doesn't matter. See delahoya Trinidad


-amayseng :

On May 2nd Manny is going to get a boxing lesson. To the novice fan the match is going to be boring. However, for those that are fans of the sweet science this fight is going to be clinic on how to pot shot, counter punch, and effectively clinch. Mayweather wins a unanimous decision and all of the novice fans and haters will cry that he is boring. I predict that he wins by at least a margin of 8 rounds to 4.
Floyd struggled with Chino in both fights, do you honestly think Pac does not bring more of a challenge? IT is about styles, Pac does everything Chino does about 9 times better and add in that frenetic footwork and Floyd is gonna have to fight a perfect fight to pull it off. There is NOT going to be any right hand pot shots here and there that will keep Pac at bay and at range, it is impossible to do that with Pac.


-michigan400 :

Lol!! Ok so if anyone thinks Manny has a chance they are haters or novices. That's fine. I guess I'll be a novice hater then. Or a hater novice, not quite sure which is worse but its cool. All this hater knows is nobody is "unbeatable" and the laws of chance say Floyd is due for a loss and Manny has the best chance of giving it to him. Just glad the wondering will be over on May 3!! May the best Man(ny) win!! Lol! Seriously, just glad its gonna happen.


-brownsugar :

I think it would be a mistake to underestimate Pacquiao, he's younger and he's added a few layers of defense, lateral movement and inside fighting to his arsenal... Plus he'd got access to a deep stable of talented boxers to spar with at the Wild Card . To make matters worse, I've never seen Pac truly gassed. Mayweather will have to be as sharp as he was for the Canelo fight to outbox the southpaw speedster. But I seriously doubt Floyd would have taken the fight if he couldn't summon the necessary potential needed to win the fight. At this point I'm more excited the fight is happening than trying to determine who the winner will be but as the fight gets close .... So will my focus...let the best man win.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Floyd struggled with Chino in both fights, do you honestly think Pac does not bring more of a challenge? IT is about styles, Pac does everything Chino does about 9 times better and add in that frenetic footwork and Floyd is gonna have to fight a perfect fight to pull it off. There is NOT going to be any right hand pot shots here and there that will keep Pac at bay and at range, it is impossible to do that with Pac.
I agree on one point, styles make fights and I believe that Chino is naturally bigger than Pacquiao and hits harder. So does Cotto at 154. Mayweather's main struggle will be neutralizing Pac's speed and timing his unorthodox lunging in a la Marquez. Mayweather is such a master chess player that I believe he does in one fight what it took Marquez 4 fights to do, which is deconstruct and solve the puzzle that is Manny Pacquiao. This is boxing and anything can happen, but Floyd is the favorite for a reason.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Lol!! Ok so if anyone thinks Manny has a chance they are haters or novices. That's fine. I guess I'll be a novice hater then. Or a hater novice, not quite sure which is worse but its cool. All this hater knows is nobody is "unbeatable" and the laws of chance say Floyd is due for a loss and Manny has the best chance of giving it to him. Just glad the wondering will be over on May 3!! May the best Man(ny) win!! Lol! Seriously, just glad its gonna happen.
Manny has a chance, this is boxing and anything can happen. However, I just don't want people to get mad if the fight is more of a chess match than a brawl. If it is a chess match, Mayweather has the advantage and has proven he can make round to round adjustments. Pacquiao, on the the other hand struggles to do this. Pac is a first ballot hall of famer and one of the best fighters of this generation, but Mayweather is a all-time great. There is a clear difference in the two distinctions and I think everyone will realize that on May 2nd.


-Skibbz :

Manny won't play chess. That will cede the fight to Mayweather. He will fight on his terms whilst Floyd will try to fight on his, whoever can make it their fight and hold onto it for the majority of the fight will win. Floyd doesn't have the power to knock Pac out, but he's fast and accurate but Pac will always come in. In my opinion I've always believed the best way to fight Pac is to drive him backwards but you've got to have supreme fitness to do it effectively and the power to drive bim back. Imo Floyd has all the tools, just lacks the punch.


-Radam G :

On May 2nd Manny is going to get a boxing lesson. To the novice fan the match is going to be boring. However, for those that are fans of the sweet science this fight is going to be clinic on how to pot shot, counter punch, and effectively clinch. Mayweather wins a unanimous decision and all of the novice fans and haters will cry that he is boring. I predict that he wins by at least a margin of 8 rounds to 4.
You never stop dreaming and screaming. Money May is going to get BEAT easier than Big Money Oscar were beat. Haters will not like what they have to eat. Once again, a myth will evaporate. Money May is full of syet and has been one helluva myth. Dude is going to get tore up so badly from da flo' up dat his groupies are going to throw up. Watch what you wish for, because your world it will BLOW UP! Holla!