Confirmed! The much-awaited Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will happen on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. This is after Floyd Mayweather Jr. formally made an announcement this Friday, February 20. And after 15 minutes, the booking for the MGM Grand hotel for that night were already sold out.
But instead of using his Twitter or via interview, the undefeated American boxer announced the fight via Shots at Apple App Store, the photo-sharing app created for selfies where he is one of the investors. A teaser announcement was made 20 minutes earlier which prompted Apple fans to download the app.
“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 is the signed contract from both fighters.” Mayweather wrote on his official Shots account.
“It is an honor to be part of this historic event. I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring glory to the Philippines and my fellow Filipinos around the world.” Pacquiao said via a statement, shortly right Mayweather announced the fight.
And as expected, the MGM Grand hotel bookings for May 2, 2015 have been sold out within 15 minutes after the $250-M Pacquiao vs Mayweather announcement spread like wild fire. Reports said that the hotel prices went up to as much as $615 per night for May 1 and 2 only, but boxing fans didn’t care.
Earlier, both fighters agreed on a 60-40 split with Mayweather getting the higher pay. Pacquiao and Mayweather met face-to-face for the first time by accident last month during the break of the Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks game in Miami. This led to a private meeting between the two iconic boxers.
Boxing fans around the world have been requesting this Mega Fight since 2009. Both camps have done some talking but nothing was made final, until this Friday. Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) will turn 38 this coming February 24, while Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) will be 37 years old on December.
With the whooping $250 million contract plus the expected earnings from Pay-Per-View (PPV), the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is set to break records for the most expensive boxing fight ever. Early estimates said Mayweather is set to receive over $120 million while Pacquiao may be $80 million richer or even higher.
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