For boxing enthusiasts everywhere the February 20th announcement of the long awaited super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr was like a dream come true. For six long years fans have been waiting for a Pacquiao – Mayweather bout. They came very close to securing a fight deal last year but negotiations on the part of Mayweather fell apart leaving fight fans scratching their heads wondering if the dream bout would ever take place.
There has been on going speculation that the two would never face off in the ring. The reason most often kicked around by fight fans was that Mayweather’s was afraid and didn’t want to risk losing his undefeated status. He believes going out undefeated will secure him the title of “best ever” in the hearts of fight fans. Frankly I don’t understand how Floyd could ever be considered the best ever unless he’s fought the best boxers available which he hasn’t. He’s been dancing around the Pacquiao fight for too many years. I’m not sure what’s worse being beaten by a good fighter or being remembered as the fighter who refused to get in the ring with Pacquiao. Now it seems that magic moment has arrived at last.
The long awaited super bout is scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2. Why now? Most people think it’s the money that finally hooked Floyd. If the fight does indeed takes place it will be the richest prizefight in boxing history. I say ‘if’ only because there is still plenty of time for Mayweather to get cold feet. Just saying. However with the incredible amount of money involved I doubt if Floyd will be a no show. Mayweather is guaranteed 60% of the gate which means his portion could be in the neighborhood of $120 million. If I were Floyd I’d certainly be in that ring! But I believe it’s more than the money. I think its finally become a matter of pride. I believe Mayweather is simply fed up with being an unofficial KFC spokesperson. Yeah I think he’s tired of hearing his name associated with the word ‘chicken’.
Yeah this fight has been a long time coming and should be a great fight, but I’m still not sure if I’m going to watch it. The pay per view price is going to be in the neighborhood of $100! I’m sorry but that’s too pricey for a fight. And did you see the ticket prices that were announced today? $1500 for the cheap seats at the MGM Grand arena going all the way up to $7500. I’ve read that secondary resale prices are in the range of $4000 for a cheap seat to $33,000 for an exclusive floor seat! Incredible! But you know the 16000 plus seats in the MGM Arena will still sell out! I tell you when all is said and done it’s all about the money! Forget records, forget boxing legacy, just bring on the money! This is sure to be the biggest purse in boxing history but is it a match between two prize fighters or two pricey fighters? May the best ‘pac’ man win.